MoE highlights importance of access to school and education for all children

MoE highlights importance of access to school and education for all children


DILI, 24 january 2024 (TATOLI) – On the occasion of the celebration of International Education Day 2024, Timor-Leste’s education ministry, Dulce de Jesus Soares highlighted the importance of ensuring access to school and education for all Timorese children.

Education Ministry and relevant parties came together to celebrate International Education Day, raising the transformative power of learning and pledging to ensure access to quality education for all in the country.

According to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations, everyone has the right to education: “Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.”

Timor-Leste’s National Education Strategic Plan 2011 – 2030 sets out the government’s efforts to ensure all individuals will have the same opportunities to access to a quality education that will allow them to participate in the economic, social, and political development process, ensuring social equity and national unity.”

SDG4 is a commitment to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” This goal is a pivotal driver for positive change, emphasizing the transformative power of education in fostering a sustainable and equitable world.

Minister Soares encouraged the students to dedicate their time to their studies in order to fulfill their future dream of becoming someone who can contribute to national development, peace and stability.

“I would like to call on all teachers to teach our children professionally to help them reach their full potential,” said Minister Soares.

According to UN, education offers children a ladder out of poverty and a path to a promising future. But about 244 million children and adolescents around the world are out of school; 617 million children and adolescents cannot read and do basic math; less than 40% of girls in sub-Saharan Africa complete lower secondary school and some four million children and youth refugees are out of school. Their right to education is being violated and it is unacceptable.

“Without inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities for all, countries will not succeed in achieving gender equality and breaking the cycle of poverty that is leaving millions of children, youth and adults behind,” said UN.


Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Filomeno Martins


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