02.02.2016 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

SDG4 - Launch of Books and Resource Materials of Mathematics and Science for Junior High Schools in Timor-Leste

Today, the books of Matadalan (guideline) and Manual Pratika (practical manuals) for Mathematics and Science of the 3rd cycle of basic education (grade 7 up to grade 9 of Junior High School) in Timor-Leste have been officially launched which took place at the Xanana Cultural Centre in Lecidere, Dili, Timor-Leste. The launching event of the math and science teachers’ and students’ guidebooks and practical manuals was graced by no other than the Minister of Education, His Excellency Antonio da Conceição and Vice Minister I of the Ministry of Education, Her Excellency Ms. Dulce de Jesus Soares who joined together to launch the learning materials developed under the Quality of Education for All: The Provision of National Textbooks’ Student Workbook and Teacher Guidebook and Teacher Trainings for Math & Science Project of UNESCO Jakarta Office in partnership with the Ministry of Education in Timor-Leste collaborating closely with the Timor-Leste National Commission for UNESCO with funding support from KOICA in Timor-Leste.

The launch is basically a celebration of one of the milestones of the Project having achieved one of its key objectives of developing and producing the guidebooks and practical manuals both for students and teachers that are based on the realities and context of the Timor-Leste.   It shall be noted that the 3rd cycle science and math curriculum revision project has been started since 2013 under the auspices of the Timor-Leste National Commission for UNESCO working directly with the Ministry of Education specifically its Curriculum Department under the National Directorate for Curriculum and Students’ Evaluation and the National Teachers’ Training Institute of the Ministry of Education. After these teaching and learning materials have been approved by the National Steering Committee established under the Project and endorsed by the Ministry of Education including its initial printing, the teachers’ and students’ guidebooks and manuals are officially launched.  The formal launch programme was opened by the Secretary General of the Timor-Leste National Commission for UNESCO who welcomed the participants, guests and partners in the event and explained briefly how the materials were developed and its intent of making math and science teaching an enjoyable activity based on the daily realities of the Timorese.     

Ms. Mee Young Choi, Head of Education Unit of UNESCO Jakarta Office provided her brief remarks by extending her great appreciation and thanks for the support of the Ministry of Education through the leadership of the Minister of Education and specifically for the unwavering commitment and support of Vice Minister Ms. Dulce de Jesus Soares who has been accompanying the Project from its inception up to the moment where actual products have been achieved and providing guidance to the Project. Ms. Choi also emphasized that today’s launch is a celebration of the one of the milestones accomplished so far by the Project and will continue to see that other activities of the Project will be achieved with great success. She also conveyed her thanks and appreciation for the key partners of the Project such as the Timor-Leste National Commission for UNESCO particularly it’s SESIM-Science Unit who has worked hard to achieve this milestone and KOICA without their funding support, the project could not realize its objectives.

His Excellency Minister da Conceicao in behalf of the Ministry delivered his speech conveying his appreciation and acknowledging the work done by the Project in its contribution to the goal of the Ministry of Education of providing quality education to its population. He further explained what quality education is in the context of Timor-Leste and the expectation from the key players in the sector. As he has seen the contents of the guidebooks for teachers and workbooks for students, he is very happy that indeed teachers and students alike will greatly benefit from the materials as these are done in Tetum. He stressed that what is important is that both teachers and students understood mathematical and science concepts that they become more critical in their thinking and able to analyze things in order to find solutions to their everyday problems. He said that what we need are people who can analyze and solve or resolve problems. He congratulated the partners involved in the Project and appreciated the good work that has been done already.

   Mr. Uidon Chung, Deputy Country Director of KOICA in Timor-Leste also provided his brief remarks during the launch and expressed his felicitations to the people behind the accomplishment of developing and producing the guide books and practical manuals for 3rd cycle basic education. He said that KOICA is committed and continues to provide support in order that the objectives set for the Project can be fully realized and he is very pleased that they are able to contribute in the goal of achieving quality education in Timor-Leste. He further said that the Korean government and its people are always ready to help Timor-Leste and he said that he is delighted to see that Timor-Leste has now these kinds of materials which he has not had when he was growing back in Korea especially the design content of the books. He conveyed further the appreciation of his Country Director for the key partners in the Project.

After the speeches and remarks, the Minister and Vice Minister joined by key partners of the Project, launch the books by releasing white doves into the air as sign of peace and spirit of new knowledge hovering over Timor-Leste.  After a brief cultural presentation by way of a Timorese traditional dance performed by Leizeval Group, visitors and guests were treated to a sumptuous lunch. Right after the official lunch, a briefing on the materials produced to the invited teachers of math and science representing a number of municipalities in the country took place in the afternoon. SESIM Science team provided time to the participant-teachers to field their questions and clarifications on the produced guidebooks and student practical manuals and were responded accordingly.

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