In the year 2000 Margie Beck, an Australian educator from ACU Strathfield, was seconded by the ICFP to create a relevant curriculum for Timorese primary teachers on behalf of the Marist Brothers who were establishing a Teachers College in Baucau.
ICFP emphasises the Timorisation of education, the professional development of local staff and the granting of its own awards. Twelve years on and still the only dedicated teacher education facility in the country, ICFP will this year appoint their first East Timorese Deputy Director, Mariano dos Santos.
Funds directed to the Instituto Católico para Formação de Professores (ICFP), Baucau enable the most under-privileged and rural based students from around the country to study at the college through a bursary program. This allows them to study with the security of knowing that their basic accommodation and food requirements will be taken care of and not cause them further struggle. The student bursaries are integral to the growth of the college and recognition of the facility as the premier teacher education institution within Timor-Leste.
Your donations and further support will offer more students the opportunity to study and contribute to the education of their country.
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