Assisting in the setting up of a primary teacher training college in East Timor has been the highlight of a career that has ranged across a number of schools and one university over a period of thirty years. It has also been a most challenging experience as a member of one of the international non-government organisations that are struggling to help the country rebuild itself after a destruction that has affected every person and place.
This paper traces the educational history of East Timor that has led to the establishment of the Instituto Cat6lica para Forma;ao de Professores Baucau (ICFP) and then discusses the way in which the programmeme has been devised to assist in national reconstruction. It will then give an overview of the way in which the programme was planned and implemented from the perspective of the Coordinator of the teaching training programme, an Australian educator who has been seconded to the Institute. The paper concludes by looking to the future of education in East Timor and the challenges facing this new nation.
This book introduces and discusses a variety of educational and health issues and provides insights and glimpses into the broad political, economic and socio cultural contexts of education and health in Timor-Leste. Each chapter endeavours to provide detailed overviews of the context. The objective of the authors is to enable readers to have an understanding of the intricate, complex and synergistic connections amongst the underlying cultural, religious, economic and political arenas within the practices of health and education in the country.
Part I of the book deals with issues of educational change in the country, the authors of the five chapters on Education Rebuilding have lived in the country for extended periods of time and been involved as practitioners in the educational change process. Part II explores the complex issue of health, nutrition and services in the nation, the authors of the six chapters represent an eclectic mix of practitioners and researchers who have experienced first hand the health rebuilding process and have knowledge of the country, its communities and its people. In Part III the editors have attempted to use narrative so that non-academic voices are heard in relation to change. The final three chapters thus bring forth the “voices” of the contributors and people in the community.
This book argues that development aid in small post-conflict states, particularly in the educational field, benefits from a commitment to a shared vision, fostering co-operative relationships and working within local capacity, credibility, and attentiveness to immediate and longer-term development goals.
It uses Timor-Leste as its case study of a faith-based partnership in the development of the
Instituto Católico para a Formação de Professores (ICFP) at Baucau. The people of what was then East Timor voted overwhelmingly for independence in 1999 and the nation building, including reforming education, in this post-conflict small state began. The book reports how, through the commitment of the partners to capacity building and transforming education, East Timorese staff have assumed positions of responsibility in the Institute. ICFP has received very positive accreditation reports from the national authority in terms of its vision, courses, staff and student quality, and infrastructure.
The significance of the challenge and what has been achieved in this teacher education institute is studied against the history of the East Timorese people and the educational policies of their former colonial powers. The history, scope and responsibilities of the partnership reveal how the partners were of one mind in terms of foundational values, institutional deliverables, infrastructure and sustainability for the Institute.
This educational capacity building and its outcomes are testimony to the relevance of the development principles of the Paris Declaration and the Accra Accord as well as to the partners’shared vision as faith-based people and organisations and their commitment to Catholic social teaching.