14.08.2012 - ODG

Timor-Leste: Director-General to Highlight Education with UN Secretary-General

The Director-General will join the UN Secretary-General and his special envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown to showcase the role of education in national reconciliation and development, during an official visit to Timor-Leste on 15 and 16 August.

The field visit will give tangible shape to the Secretary-General’s Education First Initiative, to be launched formally in the margins of the General Assembly in New York on 26 September. The Initiative aims to raise the visibility of education on the global agenda, and focuses on getting every child into school, improving the quality of learning and fostering global citizenship. UNESCO’s Director-General serves as Executive-Secretary of the Initiative’s High-Level Steering Committee.

During the visit, the delegation will meet with the President and the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste and key Cabinet figures, interact with students and teachers during a school visit and participate in lecture and panel at Timor-Leste University.

One of the youngest members of the United Nations, Timor-Leste became an independent nation in May 2002. It joined UNESCO in 2003. The following year a UNESCO Antenna Office was set up in Dili, the capital, to support the Government’s development strategy. In November 2011, the Government of Timor-Leste pledged $1.5 million to UNESCO’s Emergency Fund.

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