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Press ReleaseContact: Sierra James

July 10, 2013 +670 7724 60 22

 

Ba Futuru opens new Early Childhood Education Facility”

Dili, Timor-Leste – On the 10th of July NGO Ba Futuru held a ribbon cutting ceremony to open its new the Early Childhood Education Facility. The facility is a key part of the Early Childhood Development Initiative, through which NGO Ba Futuru aims to bring quality early childhood education to children in Timor-Leste.

Ba Futuru’s Early Childhood Education Facility, which was built with the financial support of the Sunrise Joint Venture, will provide a safe and supportive learning and play environment for young children, to prepare them socially, emotionally and mentally for formal schooling. The Facility consists of two classrooms, both fully equipped with age-appropriate educational equipment to support children’s development. Ba Futuru’s facility focuses on play-based learning allowing children to learn through exploration. Enrolment is now open to Timorese and international children. The facility is staffed by Timorese and international educators and early childhood professionals.

Woodside Country Manager John Prowse said the Sunrise Joint Venture was pleased to support Ba Futuru’s Early Childhood Development Initiative. “We are pleased to continue our support of this important facility which will play an important role in the delivery of early childhood education for the Timor-Leste community,” John said.”We are also pleased to announce our support of the second phase of this initiative which will assist Ba Futuru in continuing their valuable work in childhood education.”

The Early Childhood Education Facility will also be used as a mentoring classroom for equipping early childcare educators from external organizations around Timor-Leste with valuable skills in child-care. The facility will train educators from around Timor-Leste in different important topics of early childhood education, such as child-centered and participatory approaches to learning or establishing positive and sustainable relations with parents and communities, so they are able to best support children’s physical, emotional and intellectual development. By increasing the skills of childcare practitioners through providing international-standard training and mentoring, this initiative will benefit children throughout Timor-Leste at the grassroots level.

Evidence demonstrates that interventions during early childhood are likely to be more cost-effective and influence a wider range of health, social and economic outcomes than interventions later in life. Currently in Timor-Leste, little emphasis is placed upon this critical early stage of development. This means that children miss out on advances in development that later impact children’s wellbeing and capacities.

Ba Futuru has undertaken its Early Childhood Development Initiative with the assistance of the Sunrise Joint Venture and funds from Ba Futuru’s Rising Star of Asia Award from the STARs Foundation (UK), and small grant support from the Public Affairs Small Grants Fund of the US Embassy and New Zealand’s International Aid and Development Program, Head of Mission Fund.

For more information about this initiative, please contact bafuturu@bafuturu.org

 

Press AdvisoryContact: Sierra James

September 17, 2012 +670 7724 60 22

Bringing Quality Early Childhood Education to Timor-Leste”

Dili, Timor-Leste – Ba Futuru invites representatives from the media to join us for:

Event: Signing Ceremony of Early Childhood Development Initiative

Who: NGO Ba Futuru & Sunrise Joint Venture

When: Tuesday 18 September, 2012 at 4pm

Where: Ba Futuru Peace Center, Seroja, Comoro Road, Dili, Timor-Leste

On September 18th Ba Futuru and Sunrise Joint Venture will sign an agreement to launch the Early Childhood Development Initiative through which we aim to bring quality early childhood education to children in Timor-Leste.

The first stage of Ba Futuru’s Early Childhood Development Initiative will be the building of an Early Childhood Education Facility, which will provide a safe and supportive learning and play environment for young children between 2-6 years of age to prepare them socially, emotionally and mentally for formal schooling. The Facility will include two classrooms fully equipped with age-appropriate educational equipment to support children’s development. Enrolment will be open to Timorese and international children, and the facility will be staffed by Timorese and international educators and early childhood professionals.

The Sunrise Joint Venture is pleased to support Ba Futuru’s Early Childhood Development Initiative: “We recognise the importance of the initiative, that places a focus on early childhood education, in order to have a positive impact on the development and general wellbeing of those Timor-Leste children involved.”

Evidence demonstrates that interventions during early childhood are likely to be more cost-effective and influence a wider range of health, social and economic outcomes than interventions later in life. Currently in Timor-Leste, little emphasis is placed upon this critical early stage of development. This means that children miss out on advances in development that later impact children’s wellbeing and capacities. Thus Ba Futuru has decided to undertake this important new initiative with the assistance of Sunrise Join Venture and funds from Ba Futuru’s Rising Star of Asia Award from the STARs Foundation (UK).

Furthermore, the Early Childhood Education Facility will also be used as a mentoring classroom for equipping Timorese early childcare educators from external organizations with valuable child-caring skills. Due to the increased skill level of childcare practitioners who attend training and mentoring sessions, this initiative will also benefit children throughout Timor-Leste at the grassroots level whose educators will receive international-standard training and mentoring at Ba Futuru’s facility.

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For more information about this initiative, please contact bafuturu@bafuturu.org