During the struggle for independence, a generation of people in Timor-Leste (East Timor) missed out on basic education. This gap is now manifesting itself as a shortage of leaders and teachers in the church, particularly in rural areas.
Almost 20% of primary school age children are not attending school and over a quarter of secondary school teachers are absent on any given day (World Bank, 2015). Furthermore, nearly 70% of the population of Timor-Leste is under 30 years old, meaning the provision of quality education and care is incredibly important for ensuring a stable and prosperous future for the country and its people.
We support our partners in providing skills and child protection training for Sunday School teachers, particularly in rural areas. This partnership is helping provide children with quality teaching and care.
37 church leaders received training in leadership and child protection
Child Protection and Care: Bible studies by Siera Bird (2019)
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Timor Leste (East Timor)
Protestant Church of Timor Leste (IPTL)