Education Opening the Door to Successful Progress
In Timor Leste students attend senior high school only when their parents can afford to send them. Most students in Letefoho only attend up to junior high school, year 9. In order to progress to tertiary education facilities such as university or technical colleges, Year 12 must be completed. Entry into university is very competitive so good results are required, as in most countries. Our Lady of Mount Carmel also charges school fees - $245 per year for all tuition and 3 uniforms. This is a lot money for families who struggle to feed their children a balanced diet. Since 2017 LETS has coordinated a School Sponsorship Programme, whereby individuals take support a child (or 2!) for 1 year's Senior High School education. Many of our generous sponsors have made an ongoing commitment to these students, who would not complete senior high school without this support.
In 2017, 32 new Year 10 students were sponsored. In 2018, the sponsorship grew to 55 Year 10s in addition to 31 Year 11 students. This year, 2019 we have successfully sponsored 120 students, including 35 new Year 10 students. As students progress to purposeful, well paid employment, post tertiary education or on the basis of good Year 12 results, they then contribute not only to their personal well-being, but that of their younger siblings, by assisting with their school fees.
This programme is tangible and real and creating a whole new world of hope to the students and their most appreciative families. If you would like to know more about our Student Sponsorship Programme, please contact LETS through firstname.lastname@example.org