[TimorLesteStudies] Victoria University - Seminar series in Melbourne on sustainable livelihoods in Timor-Leste

Helen M Hill helenh at alphalink.com.au
Sat Oct 20 00:44:30 EST 2007

Seven East Timorese leaders in fields related to youth policy are doing
a 3-month intensive program at Victoria University under AusAID's
Australian Leadership Awards (Fellowships). The focus of their
work is 'Engaging Young People in Decision-making in Timor-Leste'
and a major theme is sustainable livelihoods for Timor-Leste.
You are invited to attend one or more of this series of seminars in which
they will engage with local and Timorese contributors to enable all to get a
more in-depth understanding of these issues in the Timorese context.

*Friday 26th October - 'Information Technology and young people in
Timor-Leste' Victoria University City Campus,
300 Flinders St, Melbourne. 1.00pm-4.00pm
Planning meeting for a possible ICT project in a rural area done in
collaboration with Alex Gusmão (Freitas), Jose da Costa Magno and
Zacarias F. da Costa of the Community Development Department
of UNTL and Helena Grunfeld of VU. Please contact
alexgusmao1673 at yahoo.co.uk or helena.grunfeld at research.vu.edu.au
by 24 October if you would like to participate in the meeting or if you are
interested in the project, but cannot make it to the meeting on 26 October.

*Friday 26th October - 'Peace-Building, Human Rights and Conflict
Transformation in East Timor' - Room 16.11 Victoria University City Campus,
300 Flinders St, Melbourne 4.00pm-6.00pm Refreshments will be served.
A great deal of activity has gone on in Timor-Leste under the term
'Peace-Building', including by the UN, international bilateral donors,
Inter-governmental organizations, educational institutions, the government
and NGOs.  This seminar will discuss some of these approaches and programs
and try to discern a good approach for the Conflict Transformation module to
be produced for students of the Community Development Department at UNTL
- Filomena Barros dos Reis ­ Centre for Peace and Democracy - Dili
- Danielle Leilani Ujvari and Vidal Campos Magno ­ Ba Futuru - Dili
- Balthasar Kehi ­ Timorese academic - former Peace education consultant to
- Mosese Waqa GPPAC ­ Fiji    http://www.gppac.net/
Please Reply to helen.hill at vu.edu.au if you wish to attend.

*Wednesday 31st October - 'Libraries, Literacy, Language, Literature
and young people in Timor-Leste'.
Maribyrnong Library Service - Footscray Library, 56 Paisley St, Footscray
at 10 am  www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/library
Raising the level of literacy and promoting a reading culture in young (and
older) people is vital if young people are to be well informed enough to
make good decisions about what to do with their lives. How can libraries
be used as a base for promotion of reading, language learning, writing
and other applications of literacy, including Information technology?
- Lyle French ­ Librarian
- Maribyrnong Library staff
- Sandi Paul ­ Head of Tetum Department, Defence School of Languages
- Filomena Capella (tbc) ­ Brunswick College Saturday Morning School of
A useful background document to the issue of libraries in Timor-Leste is:
"Biblioteka ba ne'ebé? Libraries where are you going?" Notes from a study
tour of. libraries in East Timor. By Patti Manolis, July 2005.
Available at:
Please note that numbers are limited. If you wish to attend please Reply to
Lyle: lylefwor at bigpond.com.au

*Friday 2nd November - 'Agriculture, Food Security, Food Processing,
Nutrition and livelihoods in Timor-Leste'
Room 16.11  Victoria University City Campus, 300 Flinders St, Melbourne
4.00pm ­ 6.00pm Refreshments will be served.
Creation of sustainable livelihoods in rural areas will depend, not only on
increasing the productivity of agriculture, but on making it more
sustainable and diverse, to meet Timor-Leste's food needs. Land
rehabilitation through programs such as Landcare is needed.  Food
preservation and processing could be a source of new jobs, for which
new educational initiatives will be necessary.
- Eugenio de Rego (Ego Lemos) Founder of Permatil and HASATIL, author
of 'A Permaculture Manual from East Timor'.
- David Adams ­ Department of Sustainability and Environment, Friends of
- Felicity Fraser ­ GOYA Foundation and lecturer at William Angliss College
Please Reply to helen.hill at vu.edu.au if you wish to attend.
This seminar will conclude in time for participants to attend the METAC
welcome dinner in Richmond and hear the Australian Leadership Awardees
speak about their projects and plans.

It is hoped to organise a further seminar on textiles, handicrafts,
dressmaking, and tailoring and their contribution to livelihoods
the following Friday afternoon (the 9th of November).

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