Tuesday, November 21, 2017

“Do you have a plan?” Staff’s children take over their parents’ roles in UNICEF Timor-Leste Office on World Children’s Day

Marli (9) is acting as Deputy Representative of UNICEF Timor-Leste
on the conference call about presentations and working style
as part of the ‘children take over’ event on World’s Children’s Day, 20 November 2017 in Dili.
© UNICEF Timor-Leste/2017/bsoares
The Deputy Representative of UNICEF’s Timor-Leste office is concentrating on the multi-country conference call, she’s leading on presentations and working styles. She opens her mouth to answer a question about the working archetype of academic Albert Einstein, but before she can answer, her eight-year-old brother interrupts.

“He’s emotional, definitely,” he says, confidently.

“No way, he’s Albert Einstein,” she returns. Then, to the screen. “He’s a thinker.”

“I agree,” replies a voice from a tiny box in the computer.

The deputy adjusts her lime-green cap and nods into the screen.

“How old are you, Marli?” the voice asks mildly. 

“Ten,” the Deputy replies.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Local government leaders pledge to work with communities on pre-school education

Amos Goncalves (Middle) preschool student from Tai-Ubu Suco Lasaun,
“ I love to come to school because in the school I learn many things,
we dance, we sing, painting and learning ABC (Alphabet)”.
@UNICEF Timor-Leste/2017/bsoares
Ermera Municipal Authority officials and Suco (village) Chiefs have pledged to work closely with communities and the Ministry of Education to support community pre-schools in their areas.

The Ermera Municipal Authority and the Ministry of Education with the support of UNICEF brought together Suco Chiefs and officials from the municipality to discuss how communities can support the early learning of children. The meeting, a first on this topic was aimed at raising the awareness of Ermera Suco leaders on the Early Childhood Development (ECD) and the importance of pre-school education for children. The village chiefs, who were elected in October 2016, play a key role in deciding priority projects for their communities and mobilizing community members to take action on specific issues.

“When we build a house, the foundation should be strong. The same with children. If they learn early and help them to stimulate their brains by engaging with them for various activities, then they will have a good foundation for learning. They can better adapt and absorb many ideas when they grow up,” Jose Martinho Dos Santos Suares, President Ermera Municipal Authority said in his opening speech.