|Subject: Lusa: Portuguese Teachers, School
Books on Their Way
East Timor: Portuguese Teachers, School Books on Their Way 21 Sept-12:15
The first of four groups of Portuguese-language teachers departs Portugal for East Timor Thursday, in time to help launch the Asian Territory's first school year following its 1999 independence plebiscite from Indonesia.
Education Minister Augusto Santos Silva was to see off the 48- strong group of teachers from Lisbon airport. Three more groups were scheduled to head for Dili over the weekend.
The East Timorese leadership has opted for Portuguese, the language of its former colonial ruler, as an official language.
Lisbon has made education, particularly the teaching of Portuguese, one of its aid priorities in its program to help rebuild the territory.
In recent days Portugal sent 183,000 school books and 4,000 Tetum-Portuguese dictionaries and grammars, along with other teaching material, for the opening of East Timor's school year on Oct. 2.
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