Instituto Católico para Formação de Professores

East Timor, Baucau

The Baucau Diocesan Catholic Teachers College had its first intake of 50 students in October 2003, held its 1st Graduation in 2006 and its sixth graduation ceremony on 25 February 2012.

The Institute is the initiative of Bishop Basilio do Nascimento, belongs to the Diocese of Baucau, and is presently being managed by the Marist Brothers in Baucau. It is an East Timorese Institute of Higher Education and fully accredited by the National Agency for Academic Assessment and Accreditation (NAAAA). At this moment in time the Institute is focused on meeting the educational needs of the three Diocese of Baucau, Dili and Maliana, and the needs of the Ministry of Education.

The institute is focused on creating an educational community that appreciates the reality of teaching as a life-long vocation of service to the young people in their care. It is an East Timorese Institution committed to the formation of school teachers [Ensino Basico: years 1 - 9] for all the thirteen districts of East Timor with the specific focus of forming fully qualified professional teachers within an environment influenced by the values of Jesus and the gospels within the context of the Catholic Faith and the culture of East Timor. Our role modelling is one of walking gently yet firmly with each student in their learning.

The Institute is committed to engaging the students creatively through hands-on learning experiences in their exploration of life and the learning of those skills in numeracy and literacy that will open up for them a whole new world of critical thinking and questioning that is so integral to becoming a person of service, especially educational service, within their community. The key to becoming such a person of service is that of empowering each individual student to become fully engaged in their own learning.

The Institute offers the Bachelor of Teaching, Diploma of Liberal Studies and the Certificate of Religious Education for full-time students and offers teachers in the schools the opportunity to upgrade by completing the Certificate of Teaching and Learning and thus skilling them to become better teachers. All members of the teaching staff are East Timorese and all programs are quality assured by Australian Catholic University to ensure that the academic standards are internationally recognised.

The International Progress Review conducted by the National Agency for Academic Assessment and Accreditation (NAAAA) reported the following to the Council of Ministers:

"ICFP continues to uphold and also improve its management and services as in 2010. There is a good management team supported by a simple but effective management system. It continues to apply a stringent selection procedure and maintain its present enrolment until the new building is ready in 2012-2013. It has proactively increased the proficiency of its staff in Portuguese and also upgraded qualifications of the staff to Masters status through an online program with a reputed foreign university.
ICFP has adequate resources to support an effective and externally accredited Bachelor of Teaching programme. The prudent and focused investment in collections coupled with creative solutions to the internet woes will ensure ICFP as the leading teacher training provider in Timor Leste." (Annual Review Report on ICFP, Baucau - 14 October 2011)

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