……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 ┬áthat 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.