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MoEYS-RTTL renew agreement to continue ‘Eskola Ba Uma’ program

MoEYS-RTTL renew agreement to continue ‘Eskola Ba Uma’ program

DILI, 31 august 2021 (TATOLI) – The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (SEJD), today signed an agreement with Timor-Leste’s State-owned TV (RTTL, E.P) to renew the cooperation of both parties to continue the program of visual-based distance education known as ‘Eskola Ba Uma’.

MEJD’s Director-General of Inclusive planning and policy, Odilia das Dores Ung Martins informed that MEJD and RTTL had established the cooperation since the implementation of the nation’s first state of emergency and lockdown in the country, which required all students to learn from home.

“Today, again, we renew the agreement to continue disseminating school lessons and relevant materials via RTTL’s channel to help our students keep learning during the lockdown and Covid-19 time,” Martins told reporters after signing the agreement, at RTT’s hall, in Caicoli, Dili, today.

She said MEJD had prepared 202 episodes of school lessons to be broadcasted in the coming trimester, adding 135 episodes had been produced and disseminated since the establishment of the Eskola Ba Uma program: “MEJD will produce another 30 episodes to conclude the program.”

Regarding the effectiveness of the Eskola Ba Uma program, she said according to the survey done by MEJD, about 35 percent of the parents argued that the program wasn’t effective for students to learn from home.

“After MEJD found that many students in the rural areas have no access to the school lessons as many don’t have TV, smartphones, and no electricity. Therefore, MEJD came up with the idea of printing all the school materials and handed over directly to the parents and the students themselves to study during this difficult time.”

After signing the agreement, the President of the RTTL, I.P, Jose Belo said RTTL is a State-owned TV, therefore, the dissemination of the school lessons would not be charged too much like other private TV.

“We charge each episode with US$ 200 and no more than that. These episodes would be broadcasted via live streaming, terrestrial, satellite, and youtube channel,” said Belo.

Previously, the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Roy Trivedy, considered the Eskola ba Uma is a good initiative, adding more works are needed to be done to fill the gap of education.

“The Eskola ba Uma is a very good initiative, if it works; it requires a lot of discipline. Not every family has a computer, or television at home and we know that internet facilities in Timor-Leste are not that great. So, it requires a lot of things to work together to fill the gap of education,” said Trivedy.

In addition, two months ago (08/06), after his first meeting with the President of the Republic, the UNICEF representative in Timor-Leste, Bilal Aurang Zeb Durrani informed that The Eskola Ba Uma program was supported by the global program for education, saying it was a global initiative.

“As we know, schools have been closed since last year which has a very negative impact on the studies of children. So, last year, only six days after the closure of schools for the first time, we supported the Ministry of Education in launching the country’s first online program,” The UNICEF representative in Timor-Leste, Bilal Aurang Zeb Durrani told media after a meeting with the President of the Republic, Francisco Guterres ‘Lu Olo’.

 

Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario

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