Australia supports 942 hygiene kits to Public Basic Education in TL

Australia supports 942 hygiene kits to Public Basic Education in TL

Vice Minister of Education António Guterres with Australia's Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Peter Robert deliver the hygiene kits to 200 primary schools in office of Ministry of Education, Vila Verde Dili (Image Tatoli/Egas Cristovão)

DILI, 22 July 2020 (TATOLI)- The Australian Government via the Ambassador in Timor-Leste, His Excellency Peter Roberts assisted with the establishment of COVID-19 prevention facilities for primary schools across 12 municipalities in Timor-Leste.

Ambassador Roberts said the total number of hygiene kits provided is 942, 250,942 face cloth masks and 1.100 thermometers to all public education in Timor-Leste.

The hygiene kits contain soaps, buckets, disinfectant materials, brushes, brooms, gloves, towels (17 items including thermometers and masks). So, Each school will receive 17 items.

In addition the Hygiene packets contain of 15 items for 942 public schools in 11 municipalities. There are only 11 municipalities as Plan International had distributed the similar 15 items in their two municipalities such as Ainaro and Aileu.

likewise the Australian Embassy is only distributed 1.100 Thermometers to all public schools and 250,942 face cloths masks to public school students in grade 1 to 6 in the two municipalities.

“As a representative of the Australian People in Timor-Leste, I want to thank the development partnerships we have with organizations such as Plan International, CARE International, Alola Foundation and UNICEF for their willingness to support and work together with the Embassy on this program,” Ambassador Peter Roberts said.

According to Mr Roberts, this support is to help MEJD with their prevention of the coronavirus in Timor-Leste.

“Australia has greatly committed itself to view the children of TL as a new generation that has a right to return to school. TL needs to ensure quality for this new generation to secure a great future for this nation,” Ambassador Roberts said.

The Vice Minister, António Guterres, also thanked the Australian Government for the support given to the schools.

“We have nothing to exchange, but we acknowledge the Government of Austalia as our partners from the beginning until now,” Vice Minister Guterres said.

Journalist: Tomé Amado

Editor: Agapito dos Santos/Nick Kettle

Translation: Nelia Borges Rosario


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