Balibó Community Learning Centre (known to many as Balibó House or The Australian Flag House) is a centre of excellence for adult education in Balibó. The centre hosts a memorial room dedicated to the Balibó Five and the local people killed during the Indonesian occupation of Timor-Leste.
The building was refurbished by Balibó House Trust and gifted to the community in October 2003. In the ensuing decade, Balibó CLC has been responsive to the needs of the local community, delivering practical training in textiles, motor mechanics, carpentry and woodworking.
Today, led by a local Community Management Committee, Balibó CLC focusses on building the skills that will help the people of Balibó participate in the emerging Timorese economy, including tourism, hospitality, agriculture, construction and community development. In 2015, the goals of the Balibó CLC are to:
- Provide the ability to use common software programs and the internet for employment and business purposes
- Develop the knowledge and mechanical skills needed to repair motorcycles, the primary mode of
transport in Balibó
- Teach English so that participants have basic capacity in speaking, reading, and spelling and English
- Build the capacity and initiative of management to run the CLC effectively and maintain community trust
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Flag House photos of restoration