Gleno (Timor Leste)
Timor Leste is the poorest country in Southeast Asia and one of the poorest in the world. During the 1999 conflict in Timor Leste much of the existing infrastructure was destroyed, including the destruction of schools 80%. Half of the population is under 18 years of age and a third of its inhabitants are under 8 years of age. Large numbers of Timorese children are unable to access their right to education and this has a permanent impact on their ability to develop to their full potential. This particularly affects girls.
While the Timor-Leste Ministry of Education is improving the quality of teacher training, most Timorese teachers have little education and lack training. Currently, the competency framework for the training of kindergarten teachers is being created.
The construction of a Higher Institute for Teacher Training, especially Early Childhood Education, and a school with Early Childhood, Primary, and Secondary Education, where trainee teachers can put what they have learned into practice. This "Naroman Esperansa" project is developed in the shared mission of two congregations: Handmaids of the Eucharist and of the Mother of God and the Missionary Daughters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.