MTB-MLE in Timor-Leste: challenges and solutions Presenter: Francisca Soares National Coordinator of MTB-MLE Pilot Project Background • Language is one of the problems that is encountering in the education system in Timor-Leste. • A Pilot project for the Mother Tongue BasedMultilingual Education (MTB-MLE) was developed in order to solve language problem. Goals • Learning goals • Linguistic goals • Socio economic goals Principles • • • • • To build on what learners know. To facilitate beginning literacy. To support learners’ identity formation. To make learning relevant and enjoyable. To promote learner-centered methodologies. Some challenges • Low level of teachers’ education qualification. • Infrastructure Solutions • Government of Timor-Leste has to set teacher career regime adequately and place sufficient budgets to build schools. • If these problem addressed by the TimorLeste’s government, it is expected that the quality of education in multilingual context of Timor-Leste can be improved.