PM Xanana encourages JENESYS students to build strong friendships with Timorese youth

PM Xanana encourages JENESYS students to build strong friendships with Timorese youth

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DILI, 30 january 2024 (TATOLI) – Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão on monday welcomed six Japanese students at the Palace of Government who are visiting Timor-Leste through the JENESYS 2023 program.

These Japanese students were accompanied by the Japanese Ambassador in Timor-Leste, Tetsuya Kimura.

During the meeting at the Government Palace, Gusmão encouraged the students to learn and explore more about Timorese culture and build strong friendships with Timorese youth.

“Welcome to Timor-Leste.  We are very grateful for your visit. You will get to know our country.  I hope you can learn about Timor Leste and our culture through interaction with our young people,” Gusmão said at the Government Palace in Dili.

During the meeting, the students also expressed interest in donating funds to support the Motaklaran Dominican Sisters Orphanage, in Bidau Mota Klaran, Dili, and the Prime Minister was very grateful for the initiative.

Since their arrival on january 24, they have visited a number of high schools, including Madalena de Canossa High School in Dili, and Inacio de Loyola High School in Liquiça Municipality.

Every year, Timor-Leste students are also invited to go to Japan through the JENESYS exchange program.

At the Second East Asia Summit (EAS) held in January 2007, the Japanese Government announced a 35-billion-yen youth exchange program to invite about 6,000 young people from the EAS member states (including members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Australia, China, Indian, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea) to visit Japan with a view to establishing a basis of Asia’s solidarity through youth exchange. Subsequently, the Government of Japan launched the Program in 2007. The invitation is extended to Hong Kong in 2008.

JENESYS aims to promote mutual understanding among the East Asia region and to deepen understanding of Japan through the following activities under the proposed exchange program: Field visits to research institutes, museums, specialized organizations, etc; Interaction with Japanese youths through attachments to schools, etc and Cultural experiences by homestays, visits to traditional cities and historical sites.

The Delegation visits Japan for 7 to 9 days. The activities normally include field visits to cultural, economic, and environmental facilities, school visits and homestays for education and cultural exchange.


Journalist: Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Filomeno Martins 


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