Franciscan Friars and Mary MacKillop International Partnership


Background

In June 2015, MMI prepared a 3-Year project proposal based on the findings of a participatory needs assessment conducted during a Scoping Trip to Fatuberliu by MMI staff members. The key findings of the scoping visit are summarised below: 

1.       Training program should follow a long-term, holistic approach with parent education implemented alongside teacher training for optimal early learning outcomes 
2.       Key priority should be training in literacy education and general teaching methodologies 
3.       The initial focus should be on pre-primary and primary school teachers
4.       Teachers from surrounding schools should be invited to participate in training to encourage mutual learning, the sharing of ideas and positive learning outcomes for all children in the target communities 
5.       Schools should be supported through the provision of educational resources in the Tetum language


This Proposal provides an overview of the proposed 3-Year project plan before outlining MMI’s proposed activities in Fatuberliu and Weberek for Year 2 of the partnership.

2. Overview of 3 Year Proposal

2.1 Location: Fatuberliu and Weberek, Manufahi District, Timor-Leste.

2.2 Participants: 40 pre-primary and primary school teachers, and up to 100 parents (number of participants to be confirmed).

2.3 Duration: 3 years (commenced July 2015)

2.4 Aim: That all children in the target communities have access to safe, engaging and effective learning environments at school and in the home.

2.5 Long-term Program Aspirations:

  • All community members are able to read and write
  • All community members enjoy good health

2.6 Project Outline  

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Activity 1: Teacher Training in Literacy Education (2 workshops with 40 participants)

Activity 2: Teacher Training in Music Education (2 workshops with 40 participants)

Activity 3: Monitoring and Planning Visit

Activity 1: Teacher Training in Literacy Education

·         Ongoing teacher training and mentoring implemented by field-based staff over a period of 12 months

Activity 2: Parent Workshops

·         Ongoing parent training implemented by field-based staff over a period of 9 months

To be determined by findings of a Project Review. Activities likely to include:

 

·         Health Trainings  

·         Further teacher and/or parent training with new participants

 

 

3. Expected Outcomes

The following outcomes are taken from the ‘Expected Outcomes Table’ in Section 4 of the multi-year proposal submitted in April 2015.

 

Outcomes

Indicators

Short Term

1.       Teachers have increased knowledge of teaching methodologies, classroom management and lesson planning for effective literacy education 

·         40 teachers trained

·         At least 75% of teachers will increase their knowledge on how to deliver quality education after attending the training

2.       Parents understand their important role in ECE and have increased knowledge of in-home learning activities

·         Up to 100 parents trained

·         At least 75% of parents will have increased their knowledge of their role in ECE and in-home learning activities

3.       Teachers and parents have increased understanding of the importance of child protection and positive discipline

·         At least 75% of parents and teachers trained increase their knowledge of child protection and positive discipline

4.       Teachers and students have access to high quality Tetum literacy, health and music resources

·         Number (x) of literacy resources distributed

 

Medium Term

1.       Teachers demonstrate the effective use of teaching methodologies, classroom management, lesson planning for effective literacy education 

·         At least 90% of teachers will deliver the literacy program in the classroom within 12 months after receiving the training

·         At least 75 % of teachers will demonstrate excellence in the delivery of literacy education

2.       Parents actively participate in ECE and implement in-home learning activities 

·         At least 75% of parents / caregivers who apply knowledge and use methods in home sessions that promote child participation

·         At least 75% of parents/ caregivers who receive MMIs training have read to or with their child in the previous week

3.       Teachers and parents demonstrate the use of positive discipline to create safe learning environments for students

·         At least 75% of teachers and parents demonstrate the use of positive discipline

4.       Teachers and students utilise high quality literacy resources

·         At least 75% of teachers will be using MMI literacy resources during follow-up visit

 



























Project development 2016/2017

We are fortunate to have employed local Timorese staff to work with the community in Fatuberliu every day. The staff report regularly to MMI staff in Timor Leste and to MMI in Australia. 


The benefit of this is that we have on the ground support for the teachers and parents in Timor Leste rather than simply offering  training sessions throughout the year.


 

To support these programmes please contact Mary MacKillop International:

Suite 402, Level 4, 12 Mount Street North Sydney 2060

PO Box 1646 North Sydney 2059

+61 2 8912 2777


info@mmi.org.au

 
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