UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

10/23/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/22/2019 22:36

Supporting Quality Mathematics and Science Education in Timor-Leste

Context

Timor-Leste is the third youngest country in the world at the start of turn of the 21st century. The country has achieved tremendous progress since restoration of its independence in 2002. Life expectancy in Timor-Leste is 68 years as of 2014, more than double the 33 years life expectancy age in 1977-79.
Timor-Leste still remains one of the poorest countries in the Asia-Pacific region,. Timor-Leste's national income and government budget is heavily dependent on oil. The country was ranked 133th out of 188 countries in the 2014 Human Development Index (HDI).
Despite the many challenges faced by the young nation, Timor-Leste's education situation has greatly improved from scratch to establishing the system again after the 1999 crisis. Tremendous achievements in the education sector have been reached with an impressive 90% of children of the right age enrolled in basic education as of 2015 The country is now being challenged to achieve its education targets of improving accessibility and quality in or-der to attain SDG4 for the country.

Action

UNESCO in partnership with the government of Timor-Leste implemented a 4-year project Timor-Leste Quality Education- 3rd Cycle of Mathematics and Science Curriculum: Provision of National Textbooks' Student Workbooks, Teacher Guidebooks and Teachers' Training for Mathematics and Science Project contributing to the provision of quality mathematics and science education to junior high school students in the whole country.

Impact

Provision of National Textbooks' Student Workbooks, Teacher Guidebooks and Teachers' Training for Mathematics and Science Project contributing to the provision of quality math-ematics and science education to junior high school students in the whole country.