In Timor-Leste, schools have been closed since March 23, as part of the national efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a result, 400,000 children are now out of school.
The coronavirus pandemic has placed enormous pressure on the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport to provide continuous learning opportunities for students – especially for the most vulnerable – along with ensuring that schools are safe and adequately prepared when they reopen.
GPE allocated a US$3.5 million grant to support these efforts, with UNICEF selected as the grant agent. The activities funded by the grant are based on the country’s COVID-19 response plan, which outlines the actions required to respond effectively to the education challenges posed by coronavirus and was developed through a participatory process involving core education stakeholders – particularly members of the local education group.