15.11.2017 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

2017 World Science Day Celebrated in Timor-Leste

2017 World Science Day Celebrated in Timor-Leste

The Timor-Leste National Commission for UNESCO in collaboration with the Ministry of Education celebrated the 2017 World Science Day with the theme “Loron Mundial Siensia no Matematika ba Paz no Dezenvolvimentu” or World Science and Mathematics Day for Peace and Development in Timor-Leste. The event is celebrated in a 3-day science camp held in the sub-district of Railaco in the Municipality of Ermera located in the southwestern part of the city of Dili around 45 minutes from the capital last 9-11 November 2017.

As in the preceding years since 2014, the Timor-Leste National Commission for UNESCO is leading and organizing the event which is considered national in scope inviting students from junior and senior secondary schools around the country to participate in the event which is supported by UNESCO Jakarta Office and Conoco Phillips in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. This year’s celebration is participated by around 500 junior and senior high school students selected from the 13 municipalities of Timor-Leste.

The guest of honor of the celebration is no other than the newly installed Minister of Education, HE Mr. Fernando Hanjam who graced the formal programme intended for the guests and visitors of the event as part of the 3-day celebration. The math and science camp has specific activities which included: math and science exhibitions where 30 selected groups of math and science students representing the selected schools exhibited and displayed their math and science experiments and activities under the competition part of the event; seminars and lectures on specific topics in math and science and its contribution to peace and development in Timor-Leste; field exploration and simple research and observations within the vicinity of the camp; bonfire and cultural activities during night time; opening programme with high level officials which included awarding of the winners of the competition of math and science experiments and work of students; and, the closing programme of the 3-day event. The activity commenced on the 9th day of November and concluded on the 11th of November 2017.

Director of UNESCO Jakarta Office, Dr. Shahbaz Khan was represented by Mr. Junaid Naseem, Coordinator of UNESCO Dili Antenna Office who delivered a brief remarks in his behalf during the formal programme with invited high-level officials. He conveyed the message of the Director General of UNESCO HE Ms. Irina Bokova on the celebration which emphasized that Science, Technology and Innovation provide key answers to build peace and bolster development  and further added that math and science education is important for children to think for themselves to be able to creatively work out how to solve problems and that they learn joyfully, interestingly and actively math and science thus, developing their critical thinking and analytical skills in order to contribute for the country’s development in the future.

Two (2) members of the National Parliament of Timor-Leste likewise graced the event and provided remarks along with the Minister of Education such as Parliament Member HE Ms. Angelina Sarmento and Parliament Member HE Mr. Jose Agostinho daSilva. Both are holding committees in the National Parliament related to education and youth development. Likewise, the representative of Conoco Phillips also gave brief remarks along with the National Director of the Institute for Science and Technology Education in the Ministry of Education and Ms. Cedelizia dos Santos, the interim Executive Secretary of Timor-Leste National Commission for UNESCO. The celebration as an annual event has the main objective to popularize science and mathematics education in the country which has become a model initiated by the Timor-Leste National Commission for UNESCO and its SESIM Group and has slowly created and developed awareness to the Ministry of Education to take on the initiative in order that the celebration is held annually and onward.

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