• Directorate General of Statistics (GDS) under Portfolio of Ministry Planning and Finance was Launching Education Monograph from 2015 Census Population and Housing Timor-Leste

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Directorate General of Statistics (GDS) under Portfolio of Ministry Planning and Finance was Launching Education Monograph from 2015 Census Population and Housing Timor-Leste

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Dili, March 1, 2018 – Directorate General of Statistics under portfolio Ministry Planning and Finance was an officially launching the Education Monograph 2015 census Population and Housing. The objective launching of Education Monograph as part one of the significant step in the process of the 2015 census. So, the utilization data from 2015 census then we can utilize to produce this thematic report. The theme of today launching is about Education, in which stated about one element or one sector which is really important for our nation. Minister Rui A. Gomes by stating that this launch can provide to policy makers and development partners about the key findings in order to develop education sector, especially children and youth. The event was leading by Minister of Planning and Finance Dr. Rui A. Gomes with Vice Minister of Education Mr. Jose Antonio Neves, Directorate General of Statistics Mr. Elias dos Santos Ferreira, UNFPA representative in Timor-Leste Mr. Ronny Olof Lindstrom, UNICEF representative Mrs. Valerie Taton, UN agencies, development partner, NGOs, Media and other General Directors and Directors from line ministries at the DGS Conference room Cai-coli Street.

Mr. Gomes said that the quality education in Timor-Leste still weak, therefore through this report of Education Monograph can help us to produce information which supports evidence-based national planning and programming, which can create strong and well-educated future generations. He furthermore said that, the government already has concrete data so that it is used to help estimate the needs of Minister of Education such as the needs of school desk chairs, how many more school buildings to build and other allocation budgeting processes.

The Education report highlighted about education issues. It is the way through which one generation passes on its knowledge, experience and cultural legacy to the next generation. Education has the means to empower individuals and impacts every aspect of life. It is the vehicle to how one develops and understands the world. It is important to consider those most vulnerable and deprived of learning and ensure they receive the access to education they deserve. Findings by key area like School attendance, Literacy and Teacher. However, 39,1% of all children 5 and 6 years old are still not in either pre –school or primary school in 2015. Attendance of primary school at the proper age has improved substantially. The fact that the net primary attendance ration in 2015 stood at 80.8%, net attendance pre-secondary school stood at 44.2%. The literacy rate for all persons 10 years of age and over is 67.3%, which is significantly higher than in 2010. Women have a lower literacy rate than men (63.9% versus 70.6%), Currently the youth literacy rate (15-24 years) stands at 84.4%. A total of 16,618 persons indicated in the census their main occupation was teacher. The teaching occupation is still dominated by men: 10,030 men against 6,588 women. In this Education Monograph also cover SDG indicator such as indicator 4.2.2 Participate rate in organized learning by sex, male 44.7 and female 47.1.

UNFPA representative Mr. Ronny Olof Lindstrom during his speech he underlined that Timor-Leste is developing fast, and the demographic shifts occurring make accurate and timely data, particularly on the situation of our young people, more important than ever. The census provides this information and helps raise awareness among decision-makers and the public about these important population and development issues. The census is a huge exercise, probably one of the largest peacetime operations undertaken by any government, not forgetting the support given by the whole population to make it a success. Nevertheless, unless the data collected is actually analyzed and used, it is not very fruitful. It is therefore a milestone that we have reached together in releasing this analysis on education and associated background characteristics of the population so that government and development partners can use it for planning and programming. Over the coming months the General Directorate of Statistics will continue to analyze and release thematic reports from the census and conduct dissemination events such as this one on various topics. These include how many children women have, how long people live, at what age people marry, the changing size, and age structure of the population, the characteristics of the labor force, gender equity, and how all of this varies across the country.

In the same event Mrs. Valerie Taton as UNICEF representative in Timor-Leste congratulated to General Directorate of Statistic together with Minister of Education and UNFPA to produce this report. On the other hand Mrs. Taton also by stating that the 2015 Census offers rich data on education. Data that can be used to understand the current situation. Most importantly, data and information that can be used as evidence and reference for policy and decision-making. The value added of this report, is that it allows us not only to see how many students are attending the various levels of education, but also where are the disparities, and who are the most disadvantaged. They are the children and youth of this country whose parents have little or no education, those from the poorest families, children with disabilities, and young parents, among others. By comparing the results with the 2010 census, this report also gives us a picture of the trends in education, including population projections very much needed for the Ministry’s planning and budgeting processes.

Vice Minister of Education Mr. Jose Neves would like to express his immense gratitude to the Minister of Finance especially General Directorate of Statistic and others UN Agencies contributed by providing reliable data helped Minister of Education to take policy. Strong collaboration is needed again to see more about the SDG indicators.

The General Director of Statistics, Mr. Ferreira strongly reaffirm that in the 2010 census we had have produced 12 analytical reports such as; Fertility, Mortality, Migration and Urbanization, Population Projection, Education, Disability, Agriculture, Labor Force, Youth, Atlas, Gender, and Housing Characteristic & Amenities monograph and we are going to do the same for the census 2015. Lastly Mr. Ferreira would like to express his immense gratitude to the teams, Ministers of Education and the others UN Agencies for its support on the repot provided to us with detailed information as well as four indicators that exist at the report of Sustainable Development Goals. He further by informing and appeal during the launching that, if the stakeholders especially Minister of Education and Culture in somehow that required our technical support and we are ready to cooperate and respond to the request on demand.