U.S. Embassy – SEFOPE launch Sentru ba Dezenvolvimentu Foin Sae

U.S. Embassy – SEFOPE launch Sentru ba Dezenvolvimentu Foin Sae

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DILI, 22 november 2023 (TATOLI) – U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, Marc Weinstock, and Secretary of State for Vocational Training and Employment, Rogerio Mendonça, officially launched the Sentru ba Dezenvolvimentu Foin Sae (SENTRU) under USAID’s five-year, US$7.5 million Women and Youth Creating Our Future (WYCF) Activity

WYCF is geared towards providing vocational training for young Timorese, including young women and persons with disabilities.

The WYCF is focused on equipping young Timorese with practical, market-relevant skills that open doors to employment, entrepreneurship, and active contributions to the prosperity of the nation. Stay tuned for more updates from this transformative activity.

Weinstock expressed his contentment with the launch of Sentru ba Dezenvolvimentu Foin Sae, saying that USAID is working with IOB and SEFOPE to create a future for young people through capacity building and training.

“The United States and Timorese Government’s commitment to supporting Timorese youth to develop the skills they need to build their future is reflected in the establishment of this center. We are proud to be here to open the center in Dill. We would like to invite young people to enrich their learning and acquire new skills to help themselves, their families, and Timor-Leste,” said Weinstock.

At the same place, the Secretary of State for Vocational Training and Employment, Rogério Araújo Mendonça, also highlighted the importance of the center in training young Timorese people so that they are equipped with the skills required in the local and global job market.

“This center will provide opportunities for young people, especially women, to develop their skills so that they can compete not only in the local job market but also regionally and internationally,” he said.

Rector of the Dili Institute of Business (IOB), Pedro Ximenes said that the center will provide training on Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Hospitality, Accounting, and English and Portuguese Courses.


Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Filomeno Martins


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