Assistance through the Trust Fund for Human Security for enhancing basic education in Timor-Leste

December 14, 2004

  1. On December 14 (Tuesday), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance of a total of 1,169,964 US dollars (approximately 128 million yen) through the Trust Fund for Human Security for the program "100 Schools Project: Improving the Quality of Primary Education in East Timor" to be implemented in the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

  2. This project aims at supporting Timor-Leste in the area of basic education. The project has three major components of teacher training, supporting school management and conducting education campaigns through parent-teacher associations, which take a common approach of bringing the community and school level personnel together to build capacity at the village level. Major activities included in this project are as follows:
    (1) Training trainers to a level where they become the teacher trainers in Timor Leste;
    (2) Building the capacity of teachers to teach children, plan lessons and manage classrooms;
    (3) Involving parents and communities in democratic decision-making and management of schools through Parent-Teacher Associations (PTA);
    (4) Improving knowledge and building the skills of education administrators;

  3. This project is expected to support the people and communities in Timor-Leste through enhancing their basic education system.

The Trust Fund for Human Security was established in the UN Secretariat in March 1999 by the initiative of the Government of Japan, with total contributions of 29.0 billion yen (approximately US$ 256 million) up to the present. The Trust Fund has assisted numerous projects of UN agencies that address various threats against human life, livelihood and dignity, from the perspective of Human Security.


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