03.10.2016 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO Supports Timor Leste in Implementing Green School Pilot Program in Five Schools

September 15-17, 2016 Dili, Timor-Leste

The first workshop of the UNESCO Green Schools pilot program in Timor-Leste was carried out with great success last two weeks, 15 – 17 September 2016. It’s a small program, with only 5 schools selected among 4 districts. SESIM, the Center for the Study of Science and Mathematics from within the Timor-Leste National Commission for UNESCO, is leading the program,. The activity supported by UNESCO Jakarta brought schools to freely carry out whatever activities they think were most relevant to environmental preservation and sustainable agriculture. The program is also running in most of other nations in the Southeast Asia, with different schools choosing different projects.

Session on the fundamental goals of permaculture

The process of this program started by choosing 5 schools, then together with the school director, SESIM chose two teachers to coordinate the program each school. The Green School team at each school then chose a school garden as their primary activity.  The three day workshop then focused the bulk of the content on planting and growing things. 

In the first two day, SESIM staff lined up local organizations in training the teachers, and used the third day helped teachers in consolidating their plans for their gardens and present them to each other.  Two of participating teachers actually have extensive backgrounds in horticulture, including grafting trees and managing nurseries.  

Showing on how o graft a mango tree branch onto a seeding

Ms. Sandra, one of SESIM’s top biology trainers coordinates this project. The activity inspired leadership in Mr. Ze Mr. Ze actually had a long training in Colorado where he learned agriculture techniques as well as can techniques on fruits and vegetables.  Mr. Ze told that he didn’t content only on observing foreign methods; he then tried the techniques on his small farm in the hills of Ermera municipality.  He told that he has several orchards managed by his kids His children also help him planting more trees and vegetables.

Explanation on how to use casuarina seedings to make new forests

Mr. Ze also helped other participants forming a reasonable plan for their students and for the space at schools.  Tutors were pleased with the teachers’ plans and advised students to be involved in planting trees. 

The teachers are keen to plant and produce in their gardens, and SESIM is planning to have a mini-culmination event in December. The event is to showcase the results of the first half-years activities of Green Schools Timor-Leste. 

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