Schooling in Luro is limited to junior secondary. Aspirational students need to board away from home to access Year 10, 11 and 12.
Since 2006, Friends of Luro has provided scholarships for 32 students to attend three years of senior secondary.
The scholarships include accommodation and education at Don Bosco Senior Secondary School (Technology) at Fatumaca and (Agriculture) at Fuiloro. Many of these scholarships have been funded by students attending Yanco Agricultural High School and St Francis de Sales Regional College at Leeton. Both Leeton schools have on campus boarding facilities as do the schools at Fuiloro and Fatumaca.
Ten trades scholarships have also been provided by Friends of Luro.
Scholarships are awarded on merit. Successful students sit a state run test as well as the school’s entrance requirements. They are escorted to the schools and their orientation is supervised by our Friends of Luro representative, Deo who resides in Luro.
The schools and the trades’ centres are paid directly through the Salesian Missions in Melbourne.
Communication between the schools’ principals and FoL is regular and accounts for the educational progress, health and happiness of our students.
Every year members of Friends of Luro visit Timor Leste. During the visits student health and happiness is assessed. This has not been possible during 2020 because of COVI19 travel restrictions.
It s very difficult for students completing their senior secondary education to find paid work. Many wish to attend university but only a few can find the financial backing needed. We expect the education opportunities we have provided improves their life chances.
Giving all Luro Sub District children the chance to go to school and learn is vital !
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Many younger Luro students find it hard to attend school in the wet season, when they have to walk long distances through mud and torrential rain.
Luro Parents do not always see the value in sending their kids to school if they are not learning and they can work in the field instead.
Luro Sub District Schools also lack the resources to make learning useful and fun.
why is education facing challenges in Luro ?
The reasons are multiple.
There is a shortage of trained and dedicated teachers.
Where teachers are available, they can’t always speak the official languages of Tetum and Portuguese well.
Sometimes there are no school classrooms available for a full day attendance or classrooms are in disrepair.
Sometimes Luro students do not want to attend school because there is no water or toilets at the school.