Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Now to the articles. Article 1:
Portugal will invest 15 million euros over 2010 and 2011 for the defense and promotion of the Portuguese language in Timor-Leste (East Timor), said Lusa Manuel Correia, the president of the Portuguese Institute for Development Support (Instituto Português de Apoio ao Desenvolvimento, IPAD) today.15 million euros over two years is about $10 million US per year. Compared to this the yearly GDP of the entire country is just $500 million.
According to article 2, about 30% to 40% of the population is involved in learning Portuguese due to its relative youth. East Timor has been independent since 2002, and according to the article the phasing in of Portuguese began in 2000. There is still a long way to go though, as 85% of the 12000 teachers in the country only have a basic knowledge of Portuguese and so the government is investing heavily in teacher training over the next three to five years in order to be able to use Portuguese as a language of instruction. It also mentions (among other things) that there are 120 teachers from Portugal who teach in 13 districts throughout the country.
Article 3 is similar to #2, but feel free to take a look at it if you read read Portuguese.