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Reviewing interventions of CapEFA Timor-Leste Programme

1 September 2014

In its journey from post-conflict reconstruction to sustainable peace and development, Timor-Leste as a young independent state faces the challenge of a high proportion of adults without education. In 2010 a national census stated that 30% of men and 37% of women have never attended school, while the adult literacy rate was calculated at 56%.

Since 2010 UNESCO has been implementing a Capacity development for EFA (CapEFA) Programme in Timor-Leste to strengthen the capacities of the National Directorate for Recurrent Education (NDRE) of the Ministry of Education to provide literacy and adult basic education programmes.

From 18 to 21 August 2014, UNESCO Jakarta and the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning undertook a joint mission to Timor-Leste to analyse the results of the interventions that have been conducted within the framework of the CapEFA Programme and to discuss with national partners (NDRE and community representatives) the follow-up steps until the end of 2015. This included a field visit to one of the Community Learning Centres piloted within the Programme, a two-day evaluation meeting attended by around 40 participants, and individual meetings with development partners active in adult literacy and education.