Empowering East Timor Through Education.
Education empowers! It provides hope and allows children to dream again and believe in their own future. Hope then leads to happiness, motivation, and ultimately success.
We are in partnership with the people of East Timor. We have visited their villages, sat with their people, played with their children, and listened. Together we’ve gone on to develop a trusted friendship and partnership for success.
We believe in a world where everyone has the right to an education.
Transformational change is required in East Timor to restore hope. Education has a direct impact on their country’s economic growth and will provide a pathway out of poverty for their people.
BETTER’s bespoke curriculum is endorsed by the Ministry of Education and is changing the reality of education in Timor.
the BETTER Timor Timeline
10 year track record of success and impact.
Going BIGGER, creating BETTER…
Ornella’s first trip to East Timor at age 14
Launched e-learning program
First school graduates (72 students)
Planning trip for the second school
BETTER received ACNC & DGR status
BETTER gifted 31ha of land in Cailaco
First school ranked 1st in the region and 4th in the country in the National exams
Second school site meeting
Gifted land in Same
Same school construction commenced
Second school opening
Invested to redevelop the first school
School population growth in the last 5 Years
Boarding houses (Male & Female)
The Bakhita School of Excellence
We are beaming with pride to announce the plans for a second school in the isolated rural location of Same.
While there are a number of schools in the region of Same (Sah-may), there simply aren’t enough to accommodate the needs of the growing population in buildings that are fit for purpose.
Critically, only 1 in 5 primary students go on to senior school; simply due to a lack of access and suitability.
When completed, the school will be known as the Bakhita School of Excellence and will offer education for Timorese children from Foundation through to Year 12. Four classrooms, along with supporting infrastructure, will be built each year to facilitate the addition of a new year group.
The First School
“I feel that something beautiful has been created; many more facilities than before… new experiences from teachers who taught us improving our character…education is very important in East Timor and one of the best ways to prepare, qualify for work.” “When I left...