DILI, 22 december 2020 (TATOLI) – The Embassy of the United States of America (USA) in Timor-Leste handed over the certificate to the first six graduates of Timorese journalists of Marie Colvin Memorial Scholarship Program.
The six graduates were joined the intensive English language training for a year, which took place at the Lorosa’e English Language Institute (LELI), in Dili.
The six graduate journalists are Zezito da Silva from TATOLI. I.P. Timor-Leste News Agency, Constâncio Vieira from Rádio Televisão de Timor-Leste (RTTL EP), Olga da Silva from the Timor Post newspaper, Immaculada Ximenes from the Díli Post newspaper, Gaudêncio Figueiredo from the Independente newspaper and Vanessa da Cunha Alves from the Media Nacional Group (GMN).
“I want to thank the US Embassy for the support of the scholarships and I commit to put into a practice all the knowledge acquired in the English language,” Zezito da Silva, speaking to journalists, at the Qulina Goumert restaurant, on Avenida de Portugal, in Praia dos Coqueiros, in Dili.
He also encouraged all young people to dedicate themselves to reading and to search for various tools related to expand their knowledge.
He highlighted the importance of young people promoting a sense of responsibility and dignity, as he considers them to be the future of the nation.
“We need to continue to learn more, as the country needs the contribution of all people,” he said.
The US Chargé d’Affaires, Elias Parra, said that the acquisition of new English skills is an asset to help the journalists check the facts, find new sources, and gather a wider variety of information’s so that their reporting is even more comprehensive.
“We hope that journalists have received the blessing of Marie Colvin to provide a public service of excellence, properly disseminating information to the entire public,” he said.
Mr Parra also praised the scholarship recipients for their accomplishment and their commitment to responsible journalism.
Journalist: Rafael Belo
Editor: Cancio Ximenes