NSW parliament group support E.Timor Teachers College

The Asia-Pacific Friendship Group of the NSW Parliament, which is supporting the work of the Marist Brothers Teachers' Training College in Bacau, East Timor, will be addressed tonight by the College's Br Mark Paul.

The fundraising event will support ongoing education programs programs vital to the country.

The new teachers who have recently graduated from the College, received their Bachelor of Teaching degree - conferred, by Australian Catholic University National Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Gabrielle McMullen - and will join the initial 50 who graduated last year to return to their 13 home districts in East Timor.

Since East Timor gained independence in 2002, the demand for teachers is high, and despite the internal fighting and political upheavals of the last 18 months the Baucau College has been able to remain open and continue teaching.

Specifically established in 2002 to address the teaching shortage, the first graduates have already made a significant impact in the districts young people who are now enthusiastic to attend class and learn.

The event will be held tonight, in the Jubilee Room Parliament House Macquarie Street, Sydney. All money donated on November 7th function will be directly utilised by the Baucau College in East Timor.

NSW Parliament Asia-Pacific Friendship Group' assists Marist Teachers College, East Timor (Media Release, Judy Hopwood MP 1/1/07)

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7 Nov 2007