LABEH Education and Capacity Development Department started on February 20, 2004. It provides a foundation for democratic discourse through literacy, it helps increase productivity, and it provides skills and abilities for an increased formal workforce. It is a valuable introduction to business, preparation for employment and preparation for further studies. The courses are prepared and designed to improve student’s capacity and skills. Education in all fields is fundamental to our country’s development. LABEH vocational training preparation programs are designed to improve students’ capacity and skills.
LABEH education and capacity development department has a weekly training program that runs for three months through one year, Mondays through Saturdays and have several training program in Languages and Humanities, English Language Courses, Journalism, Mathematics, Physic and Chemistry, Electrical Technology, Information Technology and Office Administration.
We also initiated other outdoor programs for our students such as; “Reading Day, Speaking Tour and Talent Night Programs” for the students where the students from all levels come together in fellowship to share their talents with other students and discuss how to increase the participation of the youth in the development process in a more practical and purposeful manner.
The principal objective of LABEH Vocational School of Languages and Humanities is to increase the Timorese people’s level of knowledge and effective participation in, the reconstruction and development of our country through providing vocational training activities. It has become clear that the Timorese people would continue to need and want the training program that LABEH is providing for its students.
Though, we have made significant progress as noted above, the only difficulty we are facing is the high dropout of students as most could not afford to pay the training fee, few others do not have time to study as most of them work outside Dili from time to time. We do not have enough human resources to teach on some selected subjects, we need funds to establish better library, computers and internet facilities for our growing students.
People in Timorese civil society, government, Parliament and NGOs have benefited from LABEH education and capacity development department as they told us that LABEH training program becomes the only reliable training center for students to study English language and a very positive contribution to the nation on language skill development in the country and continues to be very important. Men and women including youth and children have also benefited from the training program during the last five years.
The progress and the achievements made so far on our training program objectives are significant; this led to the establishment of LABEH Vocational School of Languages and Humanities on March 24, 2009 by His Excellency Dr. Jose Ramos Horta, the President of the Republic Democratic of Timor-Leste. We considered this as a significant achievement and contribution to human capacity development in the country and LABEH’s contribution to the nation in the area of human resource and capacity development sector.
As a new Nation, Timor-Leste is working to develop in several sectors, and the professional formation education has been identified as a top priority by the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. According to Article 59, section 3 of the RDTL Constitution, the Government, “recognizes and supervises private and cooperative education” allowing private investment in the entire sector from kindergarten to higher education.
It enables private initiatives to participate in the education sector to help in reducing illiteracy and poverty and to promote a set of life and learning skills that promote a continuing ability and desire to learn, and a set of technical and professional skills that permits a range of career choices.
1. Vision of LABEH-VS
(a)Training and Capacity Development
(b)To empower our citizens to more effectively participate in the development process,
(c)To promote professional formation, through training and capacity development,
(d)To promote opportunity for all to participate in the building of our economy
2. Goal of LABEH-VS
To Develop a set of life and learning skills that promote a continuing ability and desire to learn, and a set of technical and professional skills that permit a range of career choices
3. Objective of LABEH-VS
The objective of LABEH-VS is to increase the Timorese people’s level of knowledge through training and capacity development, in vocational skills and effective participation in, the reconstruction and development.
4. Role and Responsibility of LABEH-VS
(a) Lalenok Ba Ema Hotu (LABEH) has the responsibility and the final authority for policy, development, and management of the LABEH-VS.
(b) Develop and implement the policies of LABEH-VS
(c) Cooperate with government and other national or international institutions
(d) Certify staff and teachers to be placed in the LABEH-VS
(e) Assess all the activities of LABEH-VS including its staff and properties
(f) Identify relevant projects in accordance with LABEH priorities and establish partnerships for project implementation
(g) Plan and coordinate the training on all issues related to the vocational training, retraining or upgrading of staff and to monitor and assess the development process in the school
5. The Functions of LABEH-VS
(a) LABEH-VS would be autonomous department with its own administrative, and patrimonial capacity and must exercise its functions independently and in collaboration with other departments of LABEH and operate under the administrative guild lines of LABEH
(b) Define and develop appropriate standard courses needed for productive skilled students in accordance with the government policy for vocational training centers in Timor-Leste
(c) Endeavour to promote and achieve the vision of LABEH-VS
(d) Ensure that all training delivered are within the time framework provided by LABEH
LABEH Vocational School of Languages and Humanities (LABEH-VS) has the capacity to deliver these subjects and use international accepted standard of teaching methodology.
Course Methodology: Class Room Lecture, discussion, open forum and sharing, group exercises/workshops, talent presentation, reading day, study tour/exposure trip>
LABEH-VS have a strong trainers and teachers delivering courses at LABEH Vocational School of Languages and Humanities (LABEH-VS) among them are:
• Christopher Henry Samson, PhD, Executive Director. A graduate of Cornerstone University; he graduated with honors of Israel’s Cornerstone University and Theological Seminary of USA. He also holds Degree in Christian Education and Doctorate in Divinity.
• Ex. Madre Alzira Fernandes Jeronimo, Trainer and English Language Teacher. A graduate of Auxilium Catechetical Center Laguna Philippine.
• Eng. Roni Pati Tpoi, Trainer and English Language Teacher. A graduate of Punjab University of India, he holds Degree of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.
• Osaias Soares, Trainer and English Language Teacher. An undergraduate of the National University of Timor-Leste
• Eng, Bennie Escano, Trainer and Electrical Technology Teacher (International)
OFFICE ADMINISTRATION Courses are delivered through MoU with DIT
JOURNALISM Courses are delivered through MoU with Timor-Leste Press Club
No. Programs Duration Achievement
1. Languages and Humanities
6 months Certificate
2. English Language Courses,
3 months-1year Certificate – Diploma 1 D1
3. Investigative Journalism 6 months Certificate
4. Mathematics, Physic and Chemistry
6 months-1 year Certificate
5. Electrical Technology
1-3 years Advanced Diploma
6. Information Technology
6 months Certificate
7. Office Administration 6 months Certificate
8. Good Governance and Leadership
LABEH-VS General Admission Process
The general admission process for all courses at LABEH Vocational School of Languages and Humanities should be completed as full as possible. The preparation programs are designed to improve students’ capacity and skills. It has been developed for today’s sophisticated professional formation students. It is an academically oriented, especially designed for Timorese job seekers students.
How to Apply
Entrance Requirements/Specific Admission process
We want to secure the most talented, qualified and appropriate students for this Course. There will be a maximum of 50 students on the course in each class level, and competition is expected to be considerable. During the admission process we are concerned above all to assess each candidates potential for the courses especially the English Language Classes both to cope with the considerable demands of the course and to achieve the necessary high standard marks required during placement test.
It is also equally important that we assess the capacity of the candidates through a test before admission into school. The admission process is therefore designed to allow us to be satisfied that candidates have necessary abilities to undertake and cope with the demands of this course, show evidence of the skill and understanding needed for a course at this level of expectation and rigor demonstrate the personal qualities and commitment essential for the completion of the Course.
After the consideration of all written test for those applicants who are considered to be suitably qualified for the courses. LABEH-VS will invite the applicants to participate for an oral interview; during that process the candidate’s potential to become a student will be scrutinized and assessed. Details of the selection process will be supplied to the successful candidates for the Course.
We take a broad view of entrance requirements and acknowledge the value of professional and life experience as well as formal academic qualifications. Candidates for these courses are expected to have sufficient prior experience of professional or professional-level of English to allow them to appreciate the realities of the courses, in order to equip them for the demands of the professional skill development. Candidates for admission to the Course are therefore expected to submit to the administration on registration.
• Photocopy of ID card (1)
• Passport photograph 3*4 (2)
Note: All training programs in LABEH-VS are for three to one year except for special classes that may be conducted at any time as requested by the interested student.
What is education?
Education is more than what we learn at school. We learn at home and through our experience of life. Education is a tool to help us make sense of this experience.
Why is education important?
“Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages…” Universal Declaration of Human Right, 1948
LABEH-VS believe that education is the key to development. Through education you can: Reduce poverty and inequality, Give people power to take charge of their lives and bring about change.
Education costs money for the teachers, building and resources-like books and computers. Even when education is provided free by the state there are still costs such as uniforms, books, exam fees and transportation. Families living in poverty have to make difficult choices. They have to weigh up the benefits of education against other needs such as food and healthcare.
“If you think that education is expensive, try ignorant” by Christopher Henry Samson, PhD. n