In collaboration with Centro Nacional Chega! (CNC) Timor-Leste, UNESCO Jakarta held a kick-off meeting in Dili to launch the joint action to promote history and peace education by preserving historical archives through the “digitalization of Chega! National Center for Conflict Reconciliation and Peacebuilding in Timor-Leste” funded by the Republic of Korea (KOICA).
The initiative aims to strengthen national responsibility and capacity to build a better future in peace, justice and prosperity and for the country to contribute to the reconciliation of conflicts and the consolidation of peace in the region and beyond. of the.
Mohamed Djelid, UNESCO Director in Jakarta and UNESCO Representative in Timor-Leste, said the initiative is in line with UNESCO’s spirit of maintaining international peace and security, and in response to multiple international commitments, including the 2016 Sustainable Peace Resolutions, Agenda for Humanity and Agenda 2030.
Echoing the importance of peace and teaching history, Kim Jeong Ho, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Timor-Leste, noted that “we must take action together to cultivate memories and awareness of our history for our next generation. With the support of quality education on peace and history, the Republic of Korea will help the young generation of Timor-Leste to stand on their feet.
On the same occasion, the Deputy Minister of Education, Youth and Sports of Timor-Leste, António Guterres, indicated that the initiative will improve children’s knowledge of the history of Timor-Leste. “It will help children to have a sense of nationalism and patriotism, to love our country and to have the spirit to continue learning for the better future of Timor-Leste,” said António Guterres.
A total of 529 direct beneficiaries from three different target groups such as Chega! staff, teachers of history schools, basic education officers from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and 155,832 students from 495 schools will benefit from this initiative.
UNESCO plans to build a sustainable management system for Chega!, establish a national hub for quality history and peace education, and strengthen national and regional capacities and partnerships for conflict reconciliation , peacebuilding and statebuilding for sustainable development.