The College is very excited to announce that in 2018 we will be dedicating funds raised via internal student and staff fundraising activities to Project Timor.
The College has built a strong relationship with Maliana, having first visited this remote area in 2014. The fundamental reason for our work in Timor is to afford the opportunity of a quality education to all young women at Colegio Infante De Sagres Maliana. The value of education is paramount and is what connects us with the Timorese.
Project Timor will comprise of - the Food for Thought Program, our new Colegio Scholarship Program and the building of a Teacher Professional Learning Centre in Maliana. (Project Timor will not include funds raised for the College's Bursary Blue Ribbon Appeal).
Whilst the Food for Thought Program and the Colegio Scholarship Program will be ongoing, we are giving ourselves one year to raise the money needed to build the Teacher Professional Learning Centre.
This is an opportunity for the people of Timor-Leste to grow as an independent people. We know that when we educate a woman, we educate the community and the outcomes for the country will lead to further prosperity and stability for all people. This building project must get underway this year; in the words of Catherine McAuley 'the poor need help today, not next week' or next year.
Teacher Professional Learning Centre
- The Teacher Professional Learning Centre will be a self-sustainable facility and will provide an income stream for the community that will feed back into quality teaching and professional development.
Colegio Scholarship Program
- In 2017 Monte initiated the Colegio Scholarship Program for girls who achieved the top two places in their year. In 2018 two Year 12 graduates received full scholarships to attend Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa'e (UNTL). Both Scholars have been accepted into UNTL to study Medicine.
Food for Thought Program
- In 2014 Monte launched the Food for Thought Program to raise funds to meet the nutritional and literacy needs of the young women at Colegio Infante de Sagres Maliana.
This project is at the heart of our five core values of: mercy, service, justice, option for the poor and human dignity. It is about our girls recognising the privilege and the empowerment that education has brought to their lives and wanting the same opportunity for young women who would not otherwise be able to access a quality education. It is our core values that will drive the College's vision to support the educational outcomes for young women in Maliana, Timor-Leste.
We look forward to sharing with you inspiring stories and building plans over the next 12 months.
Thank you for your support.For further information, please contact: Meagan Evans, Director Development and Community Relations, (02) 9409 6240