Issue 8 - 3 September 2012 enews home

Steps toward better education in East Timor

By Louise Errington

CDU Lecturers in Education Ms Lorraine Sushames and Ms Therese Kersten visited the Palacao Do Governo in Dili during May when planning for the Steps to the Future workshops set for 11 - 12 October 2012

Australian and East Timorese academics will join forces next month to tackle issues related to providing education for all children in one of the world's newest nations.

Researchers from Charles Darwin University and East Timor will take part in a two-day workshop entitled Steps to the Future: a cooperative workshop for education and training in East Timor.

CDU representatives Professor Peter Kell, Associate Professor Ruth Wallace, Therese Kersten and Lorraine Sushames, and 12 East Timorese authors will give presentations on literacy and numeracy, vocational education, teaching English and teacher education.

Program coordinator Ms Kersten said she expected the outcomes of the event to include strengthening of the links between Australia and East Timor, and boosting the presence of CDU in the region.

"The workshop will provide a forum for budding East Timorese academics to have their works published," Ms Kersten said.

The workshop will involve government, education providers and non-government agencies in East Timor, including UNTIL, Dili Institute of Technology, AusAID, the Alola Foundation, LELI and Ministry of Education. It will run from 11 – 12 October in Dili.

The workshop is being led by CDU and funded by a grant from the Australian National Commission for UNESCO.

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