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NEC Australia connects Timorese schools to the world

Darwin, 12 November 2015 - NEC Australia, a leading technology services company, will deliver services in Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (Timor-Leste) that will connect two schools in the country to the internet for the first time.

NEC Australia officials have this week travelled to Timor-Leste with the Northern Territory (NT) Government Department of Education to formalise an agreement to improve technology and connectivity to one of the country’s primary schools and a leading Timorese Training school.

NEC Australia is playing a key role in facilitating the new agreement, which aims to develop stronger employment links between the NT and trained Timorese workers through new English language centres in Timor-Leste.

NEC Australia’s engineers have assisted with the installation of satellite dishes at two schools and building WIFI networks to connect iPads, laptops and desktops provided by the NT Government, which will be connected to the Northern Territory Department of Education NTSchools network.

For some teachers and students in Timor-Leste, it will be the first time they’ve had access to computers and the internet.

NT Minister for Education Peter Chandler opened the English Language centre at the Sentru Formasaun Profisional Training School today, in Becora, Timor-Leste.

“The Batchelor Institute and NEC have partnered with us in this program and without their support we would not have the quality program in place that we have today,” Mr Chandler said.

Currently 84 students are learning English at this centre and it is anticipated that these students will receive a fully accredited Australian qualification in English in 2016, helping them gain employment in areas where the territory is experiencing labour shortages.

“This is a very exciting project which will provide students with the opportunity to obtain seasonal employment in Australia while contributing to the economic growth of Timor-Leste,” said Mr Chandler.

NEC Australia will support the school in Becora as well as Maubara Primary School through the provision of network and computing technology as well as ongoing IT support.

As the official languages of Timor-Leste are Tetum and Portuguese, NEC will deliver ongoing technology support via its Service Centre in Darwin, which has two dedicated IT technicians fluent in the two languages to ensure the schools have the best possible support to its new technology network.

NEC will also help familiarise the schools’ principals and teaching staff with the new equipment, and offer ongoing support to their administrators to assist future technology queries.

“Through this centre the Northern Territory is showcasing its education system and expanding the footprint of the NT Open Education Centre to deliver transnational education in Asia,” said Mr Chandler.

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