Timor Leste

With a very young population Timor Leste (East Timor) is struggling to provide a basic education to all their children.  35% of the population are under 14 years of age with the median age being only 21.5 years.  The literacy rate is believed to be around 58%.  Due to the history of East Timor, very few Timorese had experience or educational qualifications to hold the middle and senior positions in nearly all forms of employment.  90% of primary and secondary schools and the entire tertiary education sector were destroyed.  For Timor Leste to be able to actively progress present and future generations need to be educated to take on leadership roles now and in the future.  An important component is to build schools and resource them to teach the children so they can take on these roles in their own countries future.

See also

The Fuan Nabilan School for the Blind, Same, Timor Leste

Pitileti School in Pitileti (near Los Palos) and Escola Pre-secondaria Foho Ailico.

Statistics from CIA Factbook,
Washington, Last updated 18/12/08, Accessed 12/1/09.
National University of East Timor: UNTL Library Project, 2002,
Last modified 2005, Accessed 12/1/09