13.04.2016 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Closing Ceremony of CapEFA Timor-Leste Programe and Handover of Project Assets

A formal closing ceremony and handover of the project assets of the CapEFA Timor-Leste Programme of UNESCO took place in Dili today which officially marks the conclusion of the CapEFA Project implemented in Timor-Leste for 5 years from May 2010-December 2013, and August 2014-April 2016 in partnership with the Ministry of Education of Timor-Leste through the National Directorate for Recurrent Education (Non-Formal Education).

Around 110 participants attended the closing and handover ceremony held in Hotel Timor in the capital Dili organized by UNESCO Jakarta Office together with the Ministry of Education through its  National Directorate for Recurrent Education which is the direct beneficiary of the CapEFA Project of UNESCO.  Prof. Shabbaz Khan, Director of UNESCO Jakarta Office and Representative to Timor-Leste, attended the closing ceremony with Mr. Cildaio Léite, Director General for Pre-School and Basic Education represented the Ministry of Education in the official ceremony in behalf of the Minister and Vice Minister I of Education while Mr. Antoninho Pires, Director General for Policy, Planning and Partnerships is also present to sign the ceremonial transfer of ownership of assets of the Project during the event together with Prof. Shabbaz Khan.

The Director of the National Directorate for Recurrent Education, Mr. Miguel Godinho Martins welcomed all the participants in the ceremony and took the opportunity to briefly explain the  special event and conveyed his sincere appreciation and felicitation to UNESCO who has implemented and carried out the Project in partnership with the National Directorate for Recurrent Education (NDRE) which contributed a lot to where the National Directorate is now as he said that UNESCO is a major and important partner of the Ministry of Education in Timor-Leste.

Prof. Shabbaz Khan delivered his message in the closing ceremony by saying that he is honoured to be with the event as an important occasion to officially close out the CapEFA Project (Capacity Development for Education for All) in Timor-Leste and expressed his sincere appreciation also to the Ministry of Education as the main partner in CapEFA Project. He mentioned that the Project has contributed to the goals and objectives of the Ministry of Education as expressed in its National Education Strategic Plan for 2011-2030 specifically highlighting that the national goal is that all Timorese will be literate by end of 2030 and shared that CapEFA Project has contributed in the strengthening of the institutional and organizational capacities of NDRE in planning, managing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating recurrent education programmes. He also wished that the Ministry of Education including its other development partners will continue the initiatives and leanings gained from implementing the Project to further progress in order to achieve its goals and targets in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Director General Cidalio Leite conveyed his message in behalf of the Ministry of Education telling the audience the specific tasks and role of UNESCO in the area of education, science, culture and communication and emphasizing the important role of UNESCO in the education sector and its responsibility in looking into the Education for All (EFA) initiatives and goals globally. He highlighted that one of the achievements of the Ministry of Education was increased in the gross enrollment rate of basic education to about 92% which is one of the goals of the Education for All initiative and expressed great appreciation for the partnership that UNESCO has done with the Ministry of Education and affirmed that UNESCO has in one way contributed to whatever the achievements of the Ministry of Education in its goals and targets based on its national education strategic plan. While the CapEFA Project is closing, he wished that UNESCO will continue to support the education programmes of the Ministry of Education in some other new initiatives and perhaps new collaboration. DG Cidalio Leite extended his congratulations and thanks to UNESCO for the Project.

One of the highlights of the ceremony was a brief testimonial of a member of the Women’s Group in Comoro who is one of the recipients of the assistance provided by UNESCO through CapEFA Project which implemented the life skills and functional literacy activities with the group. The recipient gained the skill in sewing/tailoring through training at the same time learned functional literacy skills through the literacy sessions during the sewing training. She expressed her thanks for the opportunity provided to her.

The other highlight is the display and exhibition of the products produced by the 3 CLCs and the Women’s Group which UNESCO has supported in the National Directorate for Recurrent Education. The first 3 CLCs established by UNESCO & NDRE brought their products and displayed them during the event which generated interest and appreciation from the audience. The products exhibited range from local traditional medicines, traditional tais cloths, varied handmade handicrafts, tiles, bricks, cement flower pots, local food snacks and delicacies etc. while the Women’s Group displayed their newly produced clothes such as uniform for children and students.

The ceremony is capped with a ceremonial signing of the transfer of ownership document where assets of the CapEFA Project are handed over to the Ministry of Education through NDRE and Director General Antoninho Pires signed the handover document in behalf of the Ministry of Education and Prof. Shabbaz Khan, Director of UNESCO Jakarta Office. As a token of appreciation, DG Cidalio Leite offered a traditional cloth (tais) to Mr. Khan as a sign of appreciation and thanks to UNESCO for the support provided. The last part of the ceremony was a brief reporting of the assistance provided by UNESCO to the Ministry of Education within the framework of the CapEFA Project which was presented by Ms. Fernanda Gonzaga Rebelo, Department Head of Literacy and CLC of NDRE and delivered to the participants. The ceremony ended by participants having lunch together after the ceremony.




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