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UNICEF provides emergency equipment and materials to recover 15 damaged schools

UNICEF provides emergency equipment and materials to recover 15 damaged schools

Country Representative of UNICEF, Bilal Durrani (Photo Tatoli/Egas Cristóvão)

DILI, 06 january 2023 (TATOLI) – UNICEF Timor-Leste handed over emergency equipment and materials to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) to support the recovery process in 15 schools damaged by recent strong tropical storms.

The materials included 166 pieces of tarpaulin, 1,500 sheets of roof zinc, 100 units of zinc nails, 100 sheets of zinc gutters, 200 units of wooden beams, 15,000 re-use sanitary pads, and learning materials.

Emergency equipment and materials worth US$34,000 will be immediately distributed to 15 schools in seven municipalities – Viqueque, Bobonaro, Covalima, Ermera, Lautem, Aileu, and Ainaro.

UNICEF Representative, Bilal Durrani said that natural disasters and other emergencies can happen at any time, and when they happen in schools, everyone should be prepared to handle them safely and effectively.

“Today, I am particularly pleased to be a part of this ceremony to handover these emergency materials including hygiene, teaching, and learning materials from UNICEF to the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport to support the recovery process in these 15 schools,” Durrani said at the handover ceremony held at the MoEYS’ Conference Hall, in Dili, today.

He hoped that these emergency supplies will support these schools to speed up the recovery process.

“This year we will also support the Ministry to procure prepositioned emergency supplies that can be immediately distributed and utilized in case of an emergency in the future,” Durrani added.

UNICEF is currently supporting the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport to draft Policy Options to deal with future emergencies in the Education Sector in Timor-Leste (also called, the Disaster Risk Management Options Paper). Data collection has been completed, and the next step is the validation workshop.

“We hope that the Disaster Risk Management Options Paper will support the Ministry and other partners to ensure that our preparedness, response, and recovery in an emergency is well coordinated for better outcomes,” Durrani added

Education Minister, Armindo Maia, thanked UNICEF for the support, saying that development partners, particularly UNICEF, always show interest in supporting MoEYS at a time when it most needed help.

“On behalf of MoEYS, I would like to thank UNICEF Representative Bilal Durrani and his entire team for mobilizing this support,” Minister Maia said. 

Maia said that it is necessary to strengthen the MoEYS emergency preparedness and response (EPR) program for any future natural disasters. 

Maia asked relevant parties to work as a team to successfully distribute equipment and materials to the damaged schools.

 

 

Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Nelia Borges 

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