04.02.2014 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Training and Mentoring of Teachers of the Hospitality and Tourism Vocational Secondary School in Becora, Dili, Timor-Leste

Within the framework of strengthening capacities of the teachers of vocational schools in Timor-Leste under the Renewal and Strengthening of Vocational Secondary Schools in Timor-Leste Project of UNESCO Jakarta Office implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Education in Timor-Leste.

The objective of the Project is to assist the National Directorate for Vocational-Technical Education (MoE) in better equipping the youths with vocational skills that are required by the vibrant labor market of Timor-Leste to gain proper/significant employment and/or to encourage vocational secondary school graduates to start up entrepreneurship activities. At the same time the Project will also equip and enhance the teachers in better teaching their students with appropriate and employable skills. The last component of the Project as part of its intervention is the implementation of the training or mentoring of teachers on selected specific areas within the vocational school curriculum.

Today, the 3rd of February 2014 is the opening day of the training and mentoring of teachers at the Hospitality and Tourism Vocational Secondary School in Becora, Dili, Timor-Leste. The opening ceremony is attended by Dr. Anwar Alsaid and Ms. Rusyda Djamhur, both from UNESCO Jakarta Office together with the 5 trainors from the SMKN 3 in Denpasar who are engaged as mentors in the training activity which commenced from February 3 and will finish on February 15, 2014. The two-week training/mentoring activity will focus on the practical teaching by the participant-teachers to their students within the duration of the training.  The Director of the Hospitality and Tourism Vocational Secondary School, Ms. Clementina de Almeida and her team welcomed and received UNESCO and the trainors during the opening ceremony held in the newly renovated classroom as part of the simple opening ceremony of the training.

The main objective of the two-week training is to enhance the school teachers’ knowledge on good practices of teaching the vocational subject matters. Specifically tailored-made mentoring activity will deepen their conceptualization and understanding of the new trends in vocational secondary education in the selected specialized areas of tailoring/dressmaking, culinary and food management, hospitality, and beauty as well as in vocational secondary education in general, and new teaching and training modalities. A total of 14 teachers are participants of the training together with 127 students divided into 4 subject areas or courses.

In the opening ceremony, Dr. Anwar Alsaid remarked that the training will further enhance and reinforce the learning processes of the students as the school now has been provided with equipments and materials including the renovation of the practice classrooms under the Project which are excellent unlike the previous year that the condition of these classrooms were in bad shape. Dr. Anwar Alsaid wished the teachers and the students including the trainors that they maximize the opportunity to get the desired result from the training.

The Director of the school, Ms. Clementina de Almeida once again thanked UNESCO and its team for the implementation of the Project without which they will not be able to have their classrooms renovated, they won’t have the new equipments and they won’t have the kind of training that will be facilitated for two weeks as they have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time.

Ms. Nyoman Aris Suparni, Team Leader of the trainors from the Vocational School, SMKN 3 in Denpasar also provided brief remarks during the opening ceremony saying that they have been grateful to come back in Dili to carry out the training/mentoring to the teachers and students of the Hospitality and Tourism Vocational Secondary School of Becora. She remarked that the mentoring would focus on the sharing of their experiences in facilitating and managing learning and teaching of specific subject areas planned for the training which are the 4 areas mentioned. She hoped that their stay will be meaningful and productive working together with the school.

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