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Queen’s honour for adjunct

Kirsty Sword Gusmao has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia Kirsty Sword Gusmao has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia

An adjunct with Charles Darwin University’s Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts has been honoured in the Queen's Birthday honours list.

Kirsty Sword Gusmao AO has dedicated her inclusion on the Queen's Birthday honours list to the courage of the East Timorese people.

Ms Sword Gusmao, the former First Lady of East Timor, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for her work to further Australia-Timor relations and to improve education, health and living conditions in the developing nation.

She said there was still a significant amount of work to do to improve education in East Timor because Timor schools were still vastly under-resourced.

The human rights campaigner is now based in Melbourne continuing to work to improve the education system in East Timor.

Kirsty Sword has been a strong supporter of CDU in East Timor and has been a professorial fellow with the School of Education since 2014.

She was instrumental in the organisation and presentation of "Steps to the future: A cooperative workshop for education and training" in East Timor.

This workshop, involving professionals, non-government agencies and government departments in Timor, was held first in 2012 and then again in 2014.

Most recently Ms Sword has been involved in leading early childhood mother tongue literacy programs in collaboration with the AusAID.

VIDEO: Human rights campaigner Kirsty Sword Gusmao has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (ABC News)