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  • ……SOLS have raised the initial funds to start the 100 seat computer centre. We’re now looking for volunteer computer teachers to help us with the setup and initial training.

    Accommodation will be provided at the SOLS telecentre plus you’ll be working on one of the most exciting and award winning, youth social entrepreneurship ventures in the world!

    SOLS have raised the funds for East Timor’s 1st computer telecentre for young, disadvantaged young people in Timor Leste.

    The new SOLS 24/7’s telecentre will have a 100 seat capacity, a fast internet connection and teachers. To date, East Timor does not have a single high-tech computer lab available to disadvantaged young people. The telecentre will teach up to 800 of SOLS boarding students and 150-800 part-time students in it’s first year of operation.

    Background on East Timor

    East Timor’s new leader Rui Araujo doesn’t want more Australian ‘charity’

    East Timor’s new PM has signalled he will negotiate “in an honest and friendly way” with Australia over shared ocean gas and oil fields, stating ET doesn’t want charity but only wants it’s rights protected.

    Rui Araujo told Fairfax Media the current 6 month suspension of ET’s international legal action over the spy row with Australia was a chance to look at ways to resolve the dispute over marine boundaries.

    “We respect Australia as a good neighbor, an open and friendly neighbor, who has helped us in the past and understood our claims about our sovereignty,” he said.

    “We do not expect that Australia will have to be charitable with Timor Leste, we only expect  that Australia will respect our rights.”

    Dr Araujo was sworn in on Monday as head of a power-sharing government after an extraordinary handover by independence hero and former PM Xanana Gusmao.

    A member of the opposition Fretilin party, his accession to the top job has been likened by some commentators to Tony Abbott handing over to Bill Shorten.

    Rui Araujo, then health minister, talks with Jose Ramos Horta during a cabinet swearing-in in 2006. Rui Araujo, then health minister, talks with Jose Ramos Horta during a cabinet swearing-in in 2006.

    Dr Araujo said East Timor was too small for divisive politics. “The pool of talent is very limited,” he said. “We came to the realisation that we have to call everybody who is willing and who is capable of contributing to the development of this country to participate in the government.”

    But Dr Araujo dismissed concerns this would leave a toothless opposition, saying under East Timor’s constitution - which creates a separate executive - all MPs regardless of their party affiliation had a duty to hold the government to account.

    “In the coming weeks we will be presenting our government program and our revised budget because of the new structure of the government, and of course I would not expect everyone to just smile at us and say, ‘Good, we’ll approve you’.”

    Swinburne University East Timor specialist Michael Leach said the reshuffle of the government marked a generational transition from leaders that have dominated the country’s post-independence politics.

    Dr Araujo was just a teen at the time of Indonesia’s 1975 invasion, later training to become a medical doctor while acting as as an undercover messenger for the resistance.

    In his inaugural speech as PM on Monday, he said that with more than half of East Timor’s population younger than 18, governance must be directed to youth.

    His vision for 2030 was for East Timor to be a middle-income country, with a well educated population in good health.

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  • telecenter east timorIn August, 2007, the President and noble prize winner, East Timor- Nobel Laureate and President Jose Ramos Horta
    visits SOLS 24/7 Timor Leste President Ramos Horta and learns of SOLS 24/7 holistic and practical youth training programs. ( The President is seen here talking with the International Director of SOLS 24/7 - Raj Ridvan Singh)

    4th August 2007- For the first time ever, SOLS 24/7 Timor Leste is privileged to receive Nobel Peace Prize Winner and President Jose Ramos Horta as the organizations’ honorable guest.

    The purpose of his informal visit was to view and learn of SOLS 24/7’s educational capacity building program for the underprivileged and out-of-school youths of East Timor.

    After a brief introduction of the school’s English, employment and life-skills training program, President Ramos Horta expressed his opinion that Timor Leste has abundant untapped resources but citizens lack necessary education that
    provides enough skills for the resources to be utilized. He would like to see that the lives of more youths are being enhanced through education and this is very much in line with SOLS 24/7’s vision of providing practical and applicable knowledge and skills for youths to secure job placements. International Director, Raj Ridvan Singh further shared SOLS 24/7’s future plans of opening institutes in Dili and developing rural economies by implementing and running micro-credit systems and providing necessary skills for youths to become self-employed.

    Comfortable with mixing around with young Timorese, President Ramos Horta was youthful and casual himself. He spontaneously sat together with the students during the Saturday seminar to ask questions and listened to the views of what the students will do to change their future. Students were excited to be greeted by President Ramos Horta as he visited all the classes and later on to witness the student’s singing of the country’s national anthem and school anthem.

    In 1996, President Ramos Horta shared the Nobel Peace Prize with fellow countrymen Bishop Carlos Belo for leading a nonviolent struggle against the Indonesian occupation. After being voted as President in June 2007, he vowed to honor his words during his political campaign, “I will work for the poor, with the entire country, to unite it and heal its wounds.”

    SOLS 24/7 would like to support the President’s hopes for East Timor’s future by creating a bottom up change through education. SOLS 24/7 feels extremely honored by President Ramos Horta’s visit and the organization hopes that this would give future opportunities for SOLS 24/7 to scale up operations to reach out to more Timorese youths so that they would be able to attain quality and well-rounded education which will impact a multi-tiered positive change on an individual, community and national level

    Download the full story here (Right click and ‘Save Target As’).

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  • How to get involved

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    We have helped develop projects in the Philippines, India, Bangladesh and Africa that have created jobs for 1000’s of disadvantaged youth. You can view our telecentre gallery with Youtube vids here

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  • We Need Volunteer Mentors

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    If you are an entrepreneur, business person, retired, still working or just someone who believes they have knowledge and business skills that would be useful to youth led, social business ventures in developing nations then consider becoming a volunteer YSEI Mentor. YSEI is designed to encourage young leaders to be a catalyst for positive change and to serve as role models in their societies. Please complete the mentor application form here so we can match you up with one of the fellows. We have projects underway in India (3), Bangladesh (2), Philippines (2) and Timor Leste (1). OrphanIT is one of the founding partners of this unique social business initiative. Please help by volunteering to become a mentor here.

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