Motivating the Youth of Today
Konfrensia lideransa joventude / PeaceJam Youth Leadership Conference
July – November 2015
As part of the Consolidating Peace and Democracy Initiative, the PeaceJam conference, taking place in Dili in November gives school students across Timor-Leste the opportunity to come together over 2 days to participate in a range of activities. Ba Futuru, alongside PeaceJam will provide a program aimed at inspiring the next generation of leaders and peacemakers. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and special representative to Ba Futuru, Jose Ramos Horta, will be a keynote speaker at the event, sharing his extraordinary experiences and journey with the youth.
The conference will also include a series of workshops centered around bullying prevention to help guide the youth to enjoy positive and conflict free relationships in the community. The engaging and innovative conference will implore the youth to use their own initiative when creating a community project, as well as providing numerous participatory workshops in the arts. The unique conference is another great way for Ba Futuru to continue to connect with the communities youth across Timor-Leste and provide pathways to a prosperous future.
Programa DAME: Drama, Artes, Media no Edukasaun / DAME Program: Drama, Arts, Media and Education.
Dalan ba Justisa/Pathway to Justice Program
Inisiativa Dezenvolvimentu Ba Labarik / The Early Childhood Development Initiative
Most children in Timor-Leste do not have access quality non-violent education which hinders their social and economic advancement. With your support Ba Futuru, a local NGO, can bring quality education to many more young people.
Ba Futuru has been carrying out transformative work with teachers and school management committees. This work has turned many high need schools into quality learning environments. Our aim is to create happy, supportive, and safe school environments so that the young people would be able to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to create positive futures for themselves and their communities.
We encourage new styles of teaching rather than traditional rote models, enhanced in-school relationships, improved infrastructure, created better learning environments and reduced violence. Our work encourages teachers to stop using violent discipline and to replace this with positive classroom management strategies.
After Ba Futuru worked with their schools for 9 months, the students reported that their teachers made a good progress in their teaching methods. “Before hand, the majority of the teachers asked students to write or copy from the board without any explanation. But now they changed their teaching methods. They are using participatory methods such as asking comprehension questions, using group work, doing energizer activities, using games and explaining about the subject matter.”
A student representative from the School Management Committee of one target school reported: “From my point of view, the teachers have changed after they attended the training from Ba Futuru. Compared to previously when students were being punished, even bitten when they make a mistake in class or come to the school late. Some teachers just asked us to copy from the board without providing any clear explanations. Those that practice the new methods provide us with good explanations and it makes it easier to understand. And sometimes when we are getting bored, the teachers utilize games. I have also noticed that there is less physical punishment. I propose that Ba Futuru continue with the training of our teachers so they can improve their teaching methods.”
Sustainability of outcomes has been enhanced through Ba Futuru’s the teacher training toolkit and the fact that the Ministry of Education, as well as target school administrators, teachers and teacher trainers can utilize the toolkit into the future. Films on each training module have been created so they can be shared widely with teachers that do not have access to in-person training.
- 10,000s of students are benefiting from Ba Futuru various educational programs that have trained 1,000s of teachers, from early childhood to University level
- 100s of children have received scholarships helping them gain the items they need for going to school
Help transform the learning environments of the young people of Timor-Leste