The Education Program at Alola delivers teacher training, works directly with children for early years literacy and creates literacy materials. The program is headed by Program Manager Ema de Sousa Freitas and currently has 12 staff in the department, including 7 qualified teachers.
The Education Program has a direct partnership with AusAID which commenced in December 2011 and will continue for three years. This partnership will provide funding to all aspects of the Alola education program.
The Education Resource Centre was established as a model classroom for early years' classes for children from schools in Dili. The ERC provides a friendly space for teaching and learning where teachers, students, parents and children of all ages are welcomed. The program of classes is based on the Timor-Leste National Curriculm, and aims to model best practice integrated and active teaching and learning, as well as promote the use of local materials as teaching tools. The centre further aims to support teachers, students, school communities, and parents so they can increase their knowledge and understanding of ways to assist their children's educational progress before and during formal schooling.
Funded by the Asia Foundation, Alola works to upskill primary school teachers, to assist them in teaching basic literacy skills.
The Mobile Library
The Alola Education team uses two Mobile Libraries to deliver early year's literacy programs around Dili. There are now two vans - and they are in constant use in the schools around Dili. They are stocked with colorful books in Tetun and Portuguese for children to read themselves, or for read-to sessions where teachers from the Alola team conduct fun active sessions:
Alola scholarships are funded by AusAID and go to support girls going into senior high school. Scholarships are available in every district in Timor-Leste: