30.10.2015 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UN@70 - UNESCO Participated in the UN Day 2015 Celebration in Timor-Leste Highlighting Its Math and Science Project in the Exhibition

The United Nations’ Day 2015 Celebration in Timor-Leste is held today, 29th of October 2015 at the Salão Canossa in Has Laran, Dili with the theme: “Timor-Leste and Sustainable Development Goals: Partnering with the Timorese Youths”. This year’s event as with the global commemoration is the celebration of the 70th year of UN’s existence in the world with a slogan: “Strong UN. Better World”.

Today’s celebration in Timor-Leste is a joint undertaking between the UN Country Team and the Secretariat of State for Youths and Sports of the Republic Democratic of Timor-Leste as the lead organizations highlighted with a programme attended by government officials, Heads of UN agencies, development partners, civil society, academia, and mostly by youths and youth leaders represented from the different universities, colleges and institutes in  Dili. No less than the Prime Minister HE Dr. Rui Araujo graced the event assisted by the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Knut Ostby who gave their individual speeches during the programme which commenced at around 8 o’clock in the morning and concluded at around 2 o’clock in the afternoon.

UNESCO Jakarta Office and its Dili Antenna Office joined hands with other UN agencies in this annual celebration of the UN Day showcasing through exhibitions and displays the work of the UN in Timor-Leste and each agency’s specific programmes and activities and its contributions to the development of the country.  For UNESCO, a variety of materials such as books, guides, booklets, brochures, flyers, manuals, posters, banners, video, math and science kits and even t-shirts wore by UNESCO staff during the celebration were on display and showed to the attending public the work of UNESCO in Timor-Leste in its  mandated area in education, science, culture and communication & information.

With specific highlights and interest in the exhibition and display of UNESCO in  today’s event was that of the current work of UNESCO in the area of education and science. The Quality Education for All Project: Math and Science Cycle 3 Curriculum Revision was showcased in the exhibition and especially that science experiment materials, video presentation of photos showing the work done under the Project including guidebooks for students and teachers and other related materials were actually the ones made very interesting to the participants of the event as this captured their attention. On displays were local materials available which can be used to teach children and students in the context of the country specifically in math and science subjects.

It is also noteworthy to highlight that the SESIM Group of the Timor-Leste Na tional Commission for UNESCO collaborated with UNESCO Jakarta Office/Dili Antenna Office in helping out in the mounting of the displays and the exhibition of UNESCO during the celebration. In fact, the NatCom colleagues and staff who manned the display of UNESCO made the exhibits more interesting by facilitating the audience/students and inviting them to participate in the games such as the math puzzles (like solving the puzzle about squares and different geometrical sizes) and those that were able to solve them were awarded with UNESCO 70th t-shirts.

Meanwhile, the CapEFA (Capacity Building for Education for All) Project was also showcased through banners and other materials alongside with materials and books and other products of the different units and sectors of UNESCO Jakarta Office such as culture through it cultural heritage books;  communication and information through its memory of the world materials; disaster risk reduction materials through  its tsunami educational materials and other materials; ecology  and environment through materials already published etc. It appeared that in fact UNESCO has indeed more products showcased during the exhibition because of its variety and the many areas it covered.

At today’s programme and celebration, Timor-Leste’s Prime Minister provided a very good message to the youth participants as the event is focused on them. He challenged the youths through his remarks saying “I want to pose this question to all young people, what can you do for yourselves, such that we can each undertake our work together, to bring sustainable development to Timor Leste?”. He further stressed a slogan, that the work can be done and that the goals of the future can be achieved by saying “One for All, and All for One”.

The main highlight of the celebration was a formal presentation of the statements and declarations of the Timorese youths of their aspirations, hopes and dreams in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste and the UN Resident Coordinator. These declarations were the outputs of the prior congresses of the youths held before the actual UN Day celebration.
    The other highlight of the celebration was a mini-talk show held during the event where key speakers provided their ideas and thoughts on the role of youths in sustaining development in the future for Timor-Leste. The speakers in the talk show were the Secretary of State for Youth and Sports, UN Resident Coordinator, Member of the National Parliament and UN Women Representative.

Towards the end of the celebration, winners of the photo contest held for the youths were awarded during the celebration and given due recognition as awards were handed by the UN Resident Coordinator and the Secretary of State for Youth and Sports, Mr. Leogivildo Hornai. The competing photos were also on display during the event that the public can see.

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