With so much construction occurring within Timor-Leste many foreign engineers are currently working with Timor-Leste. With the growing demand for skilled people, education within Timor- Leste is also developing.
Dili Institute of Technology (DIT) currently has over students including women enrolled within its Faculty of Engineering. DIT aims to train local engineers to work within the industry in Timor-Leste and increase the technical capacity of the countries youth. DIT held its annual career fair on st August , many employers from NGOs, INGOs, Government and the private sector attended the career fair, allowing students to gain knowledge about potential employment opportunities.
Engineers without Borders volunteers Hamish Banks and Kate Walsh attended to represent EWB in their ongoing partnership with Community Housing. Much interest was shown by the students on the construction of quality materials such as bricks for housing.
EWB volunteer Tim Davis and several Timorese colleagues partnered with BESIK to attend the DIT career fair and represent EWB partner WaterAid. WaterAid’s aim is to advocate for WASH and increase the awareness of the importance of WASH within Timor-Leste. WaterAid Timor-Leste has a long term strategic goal to increase the overall participation of women in the sector and the message went out loud and clear on the day that women have a very important role to play in Engineering and WASH.
Photos: Top left – Melissa Bencik and Hamish BanksTop right- EWB volunteer Tim DavisBottom left- EWB volunteers Hamish Banks and Kate Walsh