Jesuits to help East Timor government to educate people

The Project receives significant support from the Jesuit provinces of Australia, Japan and the Philippines.

Timor Leste (East Timor)
February 02 2015, 4:32 PM
Jesuits to help East Timor government to educate people

The Education Project of the Jesuits in East Timor aims to help hundreds of young Timorese who are eager to study and have a higher education.

The educational project comprises two complementary institutions: the College of St. Ignatius of Loyola, a secondary school, and the St. John de Brito Institute, a training centre for teachers.

The Project receives significant support from the Jesuit provinces of Australia, Japan and the Philippines.

It is located in Kasait, a rural area about 18 km from Dili. The construction that began in 2012 will take another 10 years to complete.

The secondary school will be able to cater to about 550 students by January 2018. A vocational training centre will be developed by 2015.

The de Brito Institute aims to prepare teachers for higher education levels, even for professional subjects and techniques; it is nearing completion and will open in 2016.

The Jesuits are contributing to the growth of East Timor, working with the country's institutions.

After independence in 2002, the East Timor government faced with the need to completely rebuild the education system that not only contributes to economic development but is relevant to building national identity, the Jesuits explained.

The first Jesuits arrived in East Timor over a century ago and soon after engaged with educating the local populace. East Timor has a population of 1.2 million people, of which 99% are Christians.

Source: Agenzia Fides