East Timor has been a sovereign nation since 2002. It was a Portuguese colony for 450 years, until, in 1974, Indonesia illegally occupied the territory. In 1999, after a referendum in which the Timorese expressed their will to become independent, there was a period of severe violence. Consequently, the country was almost ruined and lost its qualified workforce in all sectors, including education. To ensure national independence, it is necessary to reconstruct and build the basic infrastructures for all sectors, and to prepare a technical and professional elite that will be expected to ensure the autonomy of the society and the sovereignty of the state. In this context, education plays a key role. The transformation of an outdated and fragile education system in East Timor is a critical factor required to ensure the building of an economically, culturally, and politically sustainable future. The Timorese Government has embarked upon several approaches to empower national education. Due to the lack of skilled education professionals, East Timor has resorted to international support, cooperating with institutions such as the Aveiro University in Portugal. In this paper, we describe and discuss how a module of a bachelor’s course carried out in East Timor was designed and implemented by Portuguese teachers.
|Keywords:||International Cooperation, Teacher Education, In-service Teacher Training|
Researcher, Research Centre for Didactics and Technology in Teacher Education, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal
PhD student in Multimedia in Education, Department of Education, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal