Jessica's Summer Consultancy with Ba Futuru in Timor Leste
Organized by: Jessica Wilson
EVENT DATE Jun 01, 2016
Hello friends and family near and far,
I am nearing the time to travel to Timor Leste and begin my summer consultancy (the culmination of my work from my "Workshop in Applied Peacebuilding" course at New York University) with Ba Futuru, a non-profit organization that vigorously works to create a Timor Leste that is free of violence, where all citizens, especially women, students, children, and young people can engage meaningfully in the country’s development in a peaceful, positive and productive way. I will be in Timor Leste for two months and working with Timorese staff on the "Inspiring Young Leaders through Quality Education" project.
After centuries of colonial rule by the Portuguese and Indonesian governments, political strife and backlash, a UN mission to establish an independent Timor Leste in 1999, and the state’s official sovereignty having been established in 2002, the country is still dealing with difficult challenges of violence and of high unemployment rates and large numbers in poverty. Ba Futuru was founded as an NGO in 2004 with the belief that “every child and individual matters.” Ba Futuru (with the support from the Timor Leste Ministry of Education, USAID, and Australian NGO’s like Oaktree) focuses on peacebuilding, reducing violence, and creating gender equality by creating projects and activities specifically aimed at teaching conflict resolution, human rights, and children’s rights and teaching about gender-based violence prevention.
Ba Futuru saw and identified the classroom and education system as drivers of violence and conflict , and Ba Futuru created the "Quality Education Project" to transform the national education system, reform teacher physical punishment and abusive classroom management behaviors, and reform methods of teaching. The main objective of this project is to create and film eight teaching modules that can be easily shared with the Ministry of Education and primary, secondary and tertiary schools in Timor Leste. The modules will consist of information regarding positive approaches to classroom and behavior management, participatory education, tips for creating a safe learning environment, teaching using conflict resolution, using non-violent communication in the classroom, group work and games, brainstorming and comprehension questions, and routines and consequences. Furthermore, the project will partner with six partner schools and work with 120 teachers to do training and mentoring.
Since NYU does not provide financial assistance for our graduate summer consultancies abroad, I am relying on the generosity, kindness, and support of friends and family to help fund my travels to Timor Leste. Any financial assistance (however small or large) will go straight toward the costs of the flight (to and from Timor Leste), the cost of housing, meals, and daily expenses.
I truly appreciate your continued support and love,
Jessica Dawn Wilson