[TimorLesteStudies] Launch of Timor-Leste UNESCO National Commission - 23 to 25 April, 2009

Kirsty Sword Gusmao kirsty at alolafoundation.org
Thu Apr 16 15:00:14 EST 2009

Dear Friend,

It is with great pleasure that I extend to you an invitation to be 
present at the ceremony of the inauguration of Timor-Leste’s National 
Commission for UNESCO at 9:30 am on 23 April, 2009. This occasion and 
the associated activities outlined in the attached Program mark an 
historic moment in Timor-Leste’s life as a member nation of the United 
Nations and of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural 
Organization (UNESCO).

The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste announced its membership of the 
UNESCO in June 2003. Whilst political upheavals and crises in the 
intervening years delayed the formation of our UNESCO National 
Commission, we are now proud and pleased to formally invite you to join 
us in celebrating the beginnings of our work aimed at supporting our 
government in the advancement of the following priority goals:

•	Curriculum development for the 9 years basic education, with emphasis 
upon science education,
	teacher accreditation, development of science laboratory facilities, 
professional development for
	teachers, language policy and cultural development;

•	Cultural and Educational Institution Development – Establishment of a 
National Library and Museum;
	National Music and Fine Arts Schools; Regional Cultural Centres.

•	Preservation of the Natural and Cultural Heritage of Timor-Leste;

•	Early Childhood Education as the first educational entry point for 
children, with focus upon the
	importance of parental involvement in the same.

We hope that you will join us for the inauguration ceremony and also 
take the time to participate in our exciting “Science and Culture 
Festival” which will feature a Tetum Book Fair, interactive science 
displays, cultural events and workshops for schools. A reception for 
invited guests on the evening of 23 April is an opportunity to witness 
a unique blend of modern and traditional Timorese dance and music.

We look forward to your participation.

Yours sincerely,

Kirsty Sword Gusmão
Chair, TImor-Leste National Commission for UNESCO
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Kirsty Sword Gusmao
Chairwoman, The Alola Foundation
PO Box 3
Timor-Leste (via Darwin, Australia)
Website: http://www.alolafoundation.org 
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