Timor-Leste is Australia’s closest neighbour and is considered one of the poorest countries in South East Asia. Fatuquero is a small village nestled in the hills of the Ermera District – an hour’s drive from the capital Dili and Cornish College has a direct relationship with the Fatuquero School. The school is a lower secondary school (Years 7-9) in the morning and a primary school in the afternoon. There have eight classrooms for around 500 students.
Starting in 2016, staff from Cornish College began visiting the Fatuquero School and in 2019, the relationship further developed with twelve VCE students also visiting. One of those students, Polly, reflected on her experience It gave me a sense of responsibility towards using the amazing privileges that I was born into, to do everything in my power to make a difference in their lives.’ This amazing experience has cemented Timor-Leste into the Cornish community’s desire to make a difference.
Cornish College currently raises funds to support volunteer teachers, provide scholarships to deserving students, provide resources to enhance the teaching of English, and aims to provide our students opportunities to visit Timor-Leste. The relationship between our two schools is one of support and exchange, perhaps best described by the acronym IMPACCT – Immersion, Mission, Partnership, Action, Challenge, Culture, and Teaching.
Everything about the relationship has an impact on the lives of those involved, both at Cornish and the Fatuquero School.
In 2021, Cornish hosted the inaugural Timor-Leste Colour Celebration where, students and the Cornish Community raised funds in support of our friends at the Fatuquero School.
Register your interest in supporting the Cornish College Timor-Leste IMPACCT program:
Cornish College is hoping to raise $5,000 for our Timor-Leste IMPACCT campaign to fund our commitments for 2022.
We would really appreciate your support.
NB: These donations are not tax deductible.