High Schools Transformation Project (HSTP)

The High Schools Transformation Project (HSTP) spends three years partnering with two secondary schools in Timor-Leste to provide a quality, relevant education model that the Ministry of Education can replicate. The project includes teacher training, infrastructure improvements, scholarships, an advocacy "how-to" film, and student support.

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Timorese youth, making up more than half of the country's population, often turn to gangs and violence amid high unemployment, poverty, and low quality education. In April 2013, Ba Futuru ("for the future") began a three-year project to improve the quality of two secondary schools: Nicolau Lobato, an urban school located in Dili, and 99 Atauro Secondary School, the only high school on the remote, rural Atauro Island. Ba Futuru is working closely with the Ministry of Education in hopes that, after three years, the government will begin to take over and scale up the project to other high schools around the country. 

In order to engage students and provide a quality, relevant education, the High Schools Transformation Project (HSTP) comprises seven core components:

  • Teacher training to help instructors become role models in the classroom, teach more effectively, and use positive discipline. The project will provide five days of training annually that focus on participatory and child-centered teaching methods, classroom management, special needs, and learning materials. In addition, teachers will make trips to observe teachers at high-performing private schools. Each month, Ba Futuru will host national curriculum enhancement workshops to help teachers brainstorm classroom activities. The teacher training component will culminate in the creation of a teaching manual.
  • Student clubs will help youth develop leadership, critical thinking, collaborative, and personal skills. Extracurricular activities include drama, sports, public speaking, and art. In addition, student councils will be trained in peer mediation to help combat school violence. 
  • life skills curriculum will occupy a "free period" in the weekly schedule. The course will cover debate, leadership, gender-based violence, conflict resolution, resumé creation, and job skills. 
  • Good governance will be achieved through the creation of a project oversight board, involving representatives from the Ministry of Education and other education organizations, and school management committees that involve parents, students, school officials, and Ba Futuru staff. On an annual basis, school directors will receive leadership and management training. Annual parent meetings and student showcases will help relay the project's progress and educational importance to the community.
  • scholarship program will run for the last two years of the project and help finance an education for the most vulnerable students: girls, disabled children, students who live very far from school, etc.
  • Infrastructure improvements will range from constructing and refurbishing basic amenities, like sanitation facilities and general classroom repairs, to libraries, subject classrooms, and IT labs. In partnership with VMware, an IT lab in each school will enhance basic research and ICT skills and address the multimedia component in the national curriculum. Both teachers and students will be trained to use the IT labs. 
  • An advocacy film tracking the progress of the project over three years will provide a how-to guide for government actors and other education stakeholders looking to scale and replicate the project.

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