25.10.2016 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO Jakarta Supports Timor-Leste through National Teacher Trainings for 3rd Cycle Math and Science Curriculum

3-7 October 2016, Lautem, Timor-Leste


The Center for the Study of Science and Mathematics (SESIM), a division of the Timor-Leste National Commission for UNESCO, has begun the second of three rounds of teacher trainings, serving all the junior high science and mathematics teachers in 8 municipalities of Timor-Leste.

The first round which consisted of  5 municipalities were completed last year.  These trainings are a part of the Education for Sustainable Development grant from KOICA through UNESCO Jakarta, and are given under the auspices of the Ministry of Education’s national teacher training institute, INFORDEPE.  

The first two districts are Lautem and Baucau, both districts are near to the far eastern tip of the island of Timor. The teachers joined the training without a hitch, and are pleased with SESIM training.  The teachers are generally eager to learn and full of creative ideas. 

The topics covers in B session are from the newly revised curriculum that will be taught in the first trimester of next yeari.e. January through April.  The first four trainings will be in September and October, before exams in November, and the other two are in November and December, well after the exams.  

The science content in the B sessions is a mix physics and astronomy and about chemistry and geology.  The mathematics content spans the topics as always:  number systems, pre-algebra, geometry, statistics, and sequences.    

Most of the activities are full-fledged experiments, but several of the activities are on demonstrationssuch as transformation, rotational motion, and buoyant force.

Measuring density is one activity that SESIM focuses on.  It is a fairly standard routine on measuring the mass and the volume of several objects, calculating their density, and then checking up the result.  

The aim of these trainings is to introduce the teachers to good pedagogy and to present each required activities in some form.  Although the trainings are short but they have a good time and the evaluation results are extraordinarily positive. 

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