Advancing Education

Advancing childhood education

Balibó House Trust works to advance early childhood education in Balibó through its support for the Balibó Five Kindergarten, so-named by the local community in memory of the events of 1975.

Timor-Leste has the fastest growing population in Asia, and the fastest rate of growth outside sub-Saharan Africa1.  This rapid growth in the number of young Timorese – 43% of the population is under the age of 14 – highlights the importance of robust and effective childhood education.

Prior to 2012, the kindergarten in Balibó was too small for the number of children it served, had poor sanitation and suffered from incursions of livestock and vehicles.  In response to these challenges, the Trust – in conjunction with Rotary clubs in Australia and Timor-Leste – set out to address the problem.   The program of works included:

  1. doubling the size of the kindergarten to accommodate 60 students
  2. repairing the old building,
  3. building a playground and secure fencing
  4. providing new books, toys and learning materials
  5. building new, secure toilets for teachers and students
  6. funding the employment and training of two new kindergarten assistant teachers

The refurbishment and extension of the kindergarten is making substantial difference to the lives of the Balibó community as they work to overcome poverty and build a new future of peace and prosperity.

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  1. (CIA World Factbook)