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Timor Leste: Task

Resources for Year 8 Seed Day 2012

Railaco Profile and Activity Sheet

Railaco

 

 

Railaco is a small town in the Ermera District of East Timor, about a one hour drive from the capital Dili.

 

The population of Railaco is approximately 9,500.

 

The people live in simple houses made of cement and thatch or tin roofing. Many families have crops of vegetables and some animals such as pigs. Families share what they have with others in the community.

 

The landscape is mountainous with lush green vegetation.  Roads are un-surfaced, which can be treacherous in the wet season.

 

Café Timor, the nation’s biggest coffee company, have a plantation and processing plant near Railaco.  Many of the men in the town work here and make around $3.00 a day.  Because of the infrastructure put in place by Café Timor, there is mobile reception in Railaco.  Electricity however, is unreliable.

 

Children in Railaco must go to primary school, which is funded by the government.  Many of the teachers are untrained and don’t show up to work often.  Most classrooms have desks and blackboards and some posters. Secondary education is available at the cost of around $100 a year.  Students at secondary school have limited access to computers and sewing machines.  They have English classes, but often the teachers don’t speak very good English themselves.   All students who complete the equivalent of Yr 12 must sit a national exam to be accepted into university.  University education is approximately $900 a year and a further $1000 to graduate.

 

They have a small medical centre and a meal van that goes around to the nearby smaller villages most days.    The closest hospital is in Dili.  The community has a church which is a central meeting point, although if the community needs to meet they will gather outside.

 

There is a local market and local buses that transport people there.  There are water tanks at the school to store water and the rest of the community gets its water through channels that flow down from the mountains.  It rains most afternoons during the wet season.

Today we have contributed to a fund to raise money for East Timor.  Community and Service is not just about awareness but also our ability to act on what we have learnt.  You are required to read the profile of an East Timorese community and then use the resources provided on the Library Website under the LIbguide tab, to determine how we as a community should spend the money we have collected today in support of East Timor.

 

Your Task:

 

Let us assume that we have raised $1000 Australian Dollars in today’s collection.  As a group answer the following questions as you come to the conclusion of how we will spend the money.  In your next session you will be required to present your solution to your core group and to convince them of why you feel your solution is the most beneficial to the community.  Your core group representative will then be required to bring your solutions to our upcoming meeting so that we can decide what the contribution should be for the Year 8 Community this year.

 

·      Brainstorm at least 5 different ways for your money to be spent and then complete the table, the questions below are designed to help you think through the positives and negatives of each of your solutions.

 

Who would your plan help? How? For example, school aged children, young adults, women, the environment or the economy

 

What type of problem/situation would you solving/improving? How does this plan achieve this? For example food and nutrition, education and training, health, cultural and community, religious or spiritual

 

Does the plan assume any existing infrastructure? for example: mains electricity, a postal or telephone system, access to buildings or facilities, running water.  Can the plan still work if those things are unreliable, or difficult to access?

 

Will this plan be a once-off, or an ongoing investment? Why might one be preferable to the other in this situation?

 

Would the plan require ongoing maintenance, either financial or manual? If so, how would this be managed?

 

 

 

·      Rank your top 3 ideas in order of which you believe will be most beneficial?  Number them the table with your ideas.

 

·      Create a short Keynote presentation or video, which describes your solution, and why you feel it is the most beneficial.  As a group you will be required to present your findings to your class and to defend your idea in a class discussion.

 


 

Idea

Who would your plan help?

What type of problem/situation would you solving/improving? How does this plan achieve this?

 

Does the plan assume any existing infrastructure? Can the plan still work if those things are unreliable, or difficult to access?

Is the 'payoff' of this plan a once-off, or perpetual?

Would the plan require ongoing maintenance, either financial or manual? If so, how would this be managed?