DILI, 11 february 2024 (TATOLI) – The Government of Timor-Leste, through The Vice Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for Social Affairs, and Minister of Rural Development and Community Housing signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the AHHA Education to open language learning courses in rural areas.
The Director of AHHA Education, Madenjit Singh, said that signing the agreement would bring the language training course closer to communities in rural areas.
“We’re going to provide English, Portuguese, Japanese, and Korean language training in rural areas,” said Singh.
AHHA Education will collaborate with the government to establish language learning centers in rural areas, including Aubeon in Manatutu, SP5 in Manu Fahi and Tunu Bibi in Bobonaro municipality.
Minister Assanami thanked AHHA Education for its commitment and presence in Timor-Leste, where it has educated more than 100,000 Timorese.
“AHHA Education is not only teaching languages but they also changing the youth mindset,” said Singh. “The Important aspect of changing the mindset of young people is the need for greater exposure to new ideas and experiences.”
Since its establishment in 2006, AHHA Education, a non-formal education NGO founded by Madenjit Singh from Malaysia, has provided English language training to more than 100,000 young Timorese across the country.
AHHA Education has a main center in Dili and has established a total of 48 branches in 13 municipalities, including the RAEOA.
With 48 branches throughout the country, making AHHA Education the largest international NGO operating in the country.
AHHA Education offers two types of English classes, including full-time classes in which students are required to stay in the hostel to learn English, while part-time classes give opportunities to young people to learn English for up to two hours, every day.
Currently, AHHA Education delivers life-changing education to thousands of students on a daily basis, covering capacity building, empowerment, language training, social consciousness, practical skills, and computer literacy.
By providing English classes for nearly 20 years, AHHA Education is considered one of the longest-serving international NGOs in Timor-Leste, contributing significantly to human resource development in the country.
Founded in 2000, AHHA Education (SOLS) is one of the largest NGOs and non-formal education providers in Southeast Asia.
Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá
Editor: Filomeno Martins