A total of 38 teachers trainers from across the country where trained on human rights principles and standards through this successful experience run jointly by UNESCO, the Human Rights and Transitional Justice Section of UNMIT, the Ministry of Education of Timor Leste and the Proveedoria of Human Rights.
The National Professional Teacherīs Training Institute (INFORDEPE), under the Ministry of Education, conducted the training in two sessions held in their installations. The first batch was trained from the 21st to the 24th of February and the second one from the 28th of February to the 2nd of March 2012.
The 38 participants were selected from primary, pre-secondary and secondary schools in all 13 districts, with each district having three representatives. They were provided with knew knowledge on human rights and citizenship related issues such us basic concepts, history, principles and characteristics of human rights, institutions of Timor Leste, Provedoria of Human Rights and its mandate, and dignity and equality in the classroom and in the community.
This project served also as a follow up to the human rights education manual for teachers developed by UNMIT at the end of 2008. As such, the present training included a specific session on the use of this handbook that aims to integrate human rights messages, principles and standards into teacherīs daily lessons.
The newly trained pool of teacherīs trainers ensures that all teachers in Timor Leste will receive the appropriate training to teach human rights in a systematic and coherent way.
The trained trainers have already started implementing and teaching human rights to students and other colleagues.