[TimorLesteStudies] Libraries, learning & development in Timor-Leste

Australia-East Timor Association aetamel at aetamel.org
Fri Apr 24 14:20:23 EST 2009

Libraries, learning and development in Timor-Leste:
an evening with Kirsty Sword Gusmão and Steve Bracks

Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn about & support education in the
developing nation of Timor-Leste.

WHEN: Monday 11 May 2009, 6:30 - 8pm

WHERE: Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria
(Entry 3, La Trobe St), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

TICKETS: $25.00

BOOKINGS: Access a comprehensive booking form at the following website:
(On Geelong Regional Library Corporation website under
'Latest new headlines' event posted on 21/04/09)
Alternatively, phone Shirley Jones or Patti Manolis on 61 3 5241 6151
(credit card payment), email: patti.manolis at geelonglibraries.vic.gov.au

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to 'Library Books for Timor-Leste',
to support the acquisition of library books, literacy materials & library
skills training for Timor-Leste.

About the speakers:

* Kirsty Sword Gusmão, Goodwill Ambassador for Education in Timor-Leste, and
Chairwoman of the ALOLA Foundation, will talk about the critical role of
libraries in strengthening education structures and community development in

* The Hon. Steve Bracks, former Premier of Victoria and now Special Advisor
to Xanana Gusmão, Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste,
will describe his work and reflect on the country's ongoing development

Further information:

Libraries in Timor-Leste play an important role in literacy development, and
in facilitating the free flow of ideas and information that is fundamental
to democracy. The Xanana Gusmão Reading Room in Dili, founded by Kirsty
Sword Gusmão in 2000, was the first public library in Timor-Leste
established after the 1999 vote for independence. It plays an important role
in collecting material about East Timor's history, culture and identity, and
making that material available to the community.

Sponsored by:

* Library Books for Timor-Leste
* State Library of Victoria
* Australian Volunteers International (AVI) - AVI sends skilled volunteers
to help reduce poverty & build the capacity of local organisations,
including relief agencies, non-government organisations, hospitals, schools
& governments. By connecting people and organisations internationally to
learn from each other, AVI volunteers contribute to sustainable change in
communities in Asia, the Pacific, Africa & the Middle East

Supported by:

* Chameleon Catering

Australia-East Timor Association (AETA)
PO Box 93
Tel.: 61 3 9416 2960
E-mail: aetamel at aetamel.org

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