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CITL supports 172 UNTL students doing practical fieldwork in 20 villages

CITL supports 172 UNTL students doing practical fieldwork in 20 villages

DILI, 15 august 2022 (TATOLI)– Care International Timor-Leste (CITL) and the National University of Timor-Leste (UNTL) allowed 172 final-year students to do practical fieldwork in 20 rural villages in three municipalities.

CITL Country Director Peter Goodfellow said Care International through its ‘Hutan’ program is collaborating with UNTL to facilitate 172 students in 20 villages in three municipalities including Ermera, Ainaro, and Liquica.

“ 172 UNTL students will stay in a rural village for two months to do their practical fieldwork related to their theory of study and they will work closely with rural communities to focus on preventing gender violence, child sexual abuse, preventing malnutrition, and also working on clean water supply,” CITL Country Director Peter Goodfellow told reporters on Monday.

Head of UNTL, João Soares Martins considered this collaboration very important to assist final year students’ practical field courses.

“It is an honorable collaboration for UNTL to enable students from the Department of Society and Social Inclusion to do practical work in rural areas to assist local communities in preventing gender violence, child sexual abuse, malnutrition, as well as clean water, “

U.S. Charge d’Affaires Tom Daley thanks Care International in Timor-Leste for managing the HATUTAN program in Timor-Leste adding that 172 UNTL students will begin fieldwork to prevent domestic and gender-based violence while advocating for better practices in water sanitation and hygiene.

“Their service to remote and vulnerable communities will help increase prosperity and economic opportunity inclusively and equitably. I commend each student for their service to their country and wish them all the best in their practical work and graduation. US government proudly supports them and Timor-Leste’s rural communities through partnerships,”

So far, the activities covering Education, Agriculture, and School Feeding programs have been implemented by the HATUTAN program in four municipalities; Ainaro, Liquica, Ermera and Manatuto have benefited more than 440 rural communities in 2020.

The HATUTAN project was funded by the United States Department of Agriculture for a total of 26 million over five years.

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia B.

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