In Timor Leste, the KAB programme has reached quite an advanced stage of implementation. It all started in 2005, when KAB materials were adapted and translated to Tetum, and subsequently, the country’s capacity to implement and replicate the programme increased, with 4 Timorese from the Ministry of Education and the State Secretariat of Professional Training and Employment becoming KAB national key facilitators.
In the following year, the first training workshop was conducted and enabled over 20 facilitators to deliver KAB in schools. With the support of the Ministry of Education, a pilot test was then carried out in the academic year of 2006 (from February to November), introducing KAB contents in 12 secondary technical schools, to around 2,900 students, in the cities of Dili, Manatuto, Baucau, Lautem, Manufahi, Covalima, Bobonaro and Oecusse.
In 2007, after positive feedback on the pilot exercise, an entrepreneurship education course based in the KAB modules was incorporated as part of the national curriculum of secondary technical education, which implied escalating the outreach in terms of students, institutions and facilitators. Two refresher courses for teachers were carried out, followed by a second training workshop in 2008, with 16 facilitators trained. Moreover, three secondary technical schools in Aileu, Viqueque and Liquisa started delivering the entrepreneurship education course in the school year of 2008. As outreach expanded, the implementation of the programme was carefully monitored in the schools, and according to the records, there are currently 15 secondary technical schools in 11 cities that have delivered KAB, and about 38 trained facilitators, trainers and promoters. The programme has been taught to over 8,000 students, with two national versions: in Tetum and in Portuguese. The efforts now are towards keeping the programme growing, as new Facilitators and National Key Facilitators are scheduled to be trained in 2009.
Education & Training Institutions: 15 secondary technical schools
Facilitators, Trainers and Promoters Trained: 38
Students/Trainees: Over 8,000
Key Facilitators & Teacher Educators: 4 national key facilitators
Mr. Roberto Pes ¬– International Expert on Small Business Training, STAGE Project (ILO-Jakarta)
* Note: all data above refers to the information available as of April, 2009. The figures can actually be slightly larger than presented.