Since 2016, Cornish College has been developing a relationship with the Fatuquero School in Timor-Leste. Our relationship is one of support and exchange, perhaps best described by our acronym IMPACCT – Immersion, Mission, Partnership, Action, Challenge, Culture, and Teaching.
This relationship has grown through three staff visits and was further developed through the first student visit in 2019, with twelve students from Years 11 and 12.
While supporting the students and community of Fatuquero, our students and staff are exposed to a lifestyle that really makes them question their values of gratitude and challenges their idea of the ‘norm’. They are immersed in an experience that suggests what life is like for students of a similar age living in a country such as Timor-Leste, where food is scarce and education is considered a privilege.
As the acronym ‘IMPACCT’ implies, these visits will have a lasting influence on both the students and the Timorese people.
The IMPACCT experience includes:
Cornish’s support for the Fatuquero School has included the refurbishment of the school library, scholarships for ten students, living allowances for three volunteer staff and funding for a dedicated volunteer at the school to become a qualified teacher. Support from the Cornish community continues to make this possible, with fundraising contributing to important classroom activities and student visits.