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Title: East Timor's national literacy campaign and the struggle for a post-conflict democracy
Contributor(s): Boughton, Robert G  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2008
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Abstract: In Timor-Leste, the majority of the country's adults have had little or no schooling. The illiteracy rate nationally, according to the 2004 Census, was 46%, and was much higher among older people, women and people in rural areas. The paper analyses the context, origins and achievements of first twelve months of Timor-Leste's national literacy campaign, which was launched in the midst of the 2006 political violence by the previous FRETILIN-led government, supported by a team of Cuban technical advisers. It explores the way the political crisis and the literacy campaign interacted, as powerful forces combined to undermine the radically egalitarian thrust of the campaign. It concludes that, unless the momentum of the campaign is regained by the new AMP government which took power in June 2007, illiteracy will continue to undermine the prospects for Timor-Leste's independent development.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 17th Biennial Conference of the ASAA (Australasian Asian Studies Association), Melbourne, Australia, 1 - 3 July 2008
Conference Details: 17th Biennial Conference of the ASAA (Australasian Asian Studies Association), Melbourne, Australia, 1 - 3 July 2008
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the 17th Biennial Conference of the ASAA (Australasian Asian Studies Association)
Publisher: ASAA: Australasian Asian Studies Association
Place of Publication: online
Field of Research (FOR): 130311 Pacific Peoples Education
130101 Continuing and Community Education
160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 939906 Pacific Peoples Education
940302 International Aid and Development
939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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