MMT provides Tetum Literacy training to 3,906 Timorese

MMT provides Tetum Literacy training to 3,906 Timorese

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DILI, 07 september 2023 (TATOLI)– Country Director of Marry Mackillop Today ( MMT), Alipio Baltazar, revealed that MMT has provided Tetum Literacy training to 3,906 teachers and parents in the five municipalities in Timor-Leste.

“MMT is a Non-Governmental Organization from Australia that runs the program of education literacy, health literacy, and parental Literacy in Timor-Leste. Since 2017 – 2023 MMT has provided Tetun literacy to the 3,906 teachers and parents in Dili, Viqueque, Manufahi, Ermera, and Liquiça according to the Institute National Linguistic Standard (INL),” said the Country Director of MMT, Alipio Baltazar to TATOLI in his office Becora Dili, on thursday. 

From 3906 benefited, Baltazar said, 894 teachers, and 2501 parents had a full understanding of Tetum literacy based on the INL standard. 

“So this program is important for illiterate parents to facilitate their children before going to school,” he said.

In addition, He said, MMT ‘s role also works together with the Ministry of Education to identify the number of illiterate students through a joint survey.

“A recent survey conducted by MMT showed that at the end of grade one, 70% of children could not read a single word that was presented to them. This is perhaps not surprising, given that 71% of primary school teachers only have a high school education themselves, and many have had nonformal training,” said Baltazar

While in 2020 data also shows that Timor-Leste Adult (15+) literacy rate was 69.9 %. The adult literacy rate of Timor-Leste increased from 37.6 % in 2001 to 69.9 % in 2020 growing at an average annual rate of 17.31%.

Following the records, Baltazar said, therefore improving the skills of teachers through innovative and ongoing training is one of the biggest investments a country can make to improve learning outcomes among children, and the Ministry of Education in Timor-Leste has cited this as a priority as it rebuilds its fledging education system.

 “In response to this, Marry MacKillop Today’s Tetun Literacy and Teacher Training Project provides ongoing training and support to pre-primary and primary teachers from remote areas, to equip them with the skills, knowledge, and resources to effectively deliver the national curriculum to their students and ensure they receive quality education in the classroom” he Concluded.


Journalist: Camilio de Sousa 

Editor : Nelia B.


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