Name: Felisima dos Reis
Institution: Swinburne University of Technology
Course of study: Bachelor of Computing
Years completed: 2009
Felismina dos Reis is an Australia Awards Scholarship alumni who graduated from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne with a Bachelor of Computing in 2009. Felismina then continued studying for a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics at Montclair State University, New Jersey in the USA as a Fulbright Scholar, where she graduated in 2014.
Felismina is now working for EMBLI Program (edukasaun multilíngua bazea ba lian inan/mother tongue-based multilingual education), which is implemented by the Timor-Leste National Commission for UNESCO. She is a resource developer – working with local language speakers and the experts of each language to develop resources such as big books, small books and listening stories for school children. She is also the copy editor, ensuring that quality standards of the books are met before they are published. Based on her knowledge in computing, she assists other staff in using the right software and also with information management.
Felismina believes that quality education is one of the most important aspects of the foundation of a nation. “No quality education, no development” she adds. By working for EMBLI Program, she believes that she is living her dreams. She also states that research over decades show that children learn best in the language that they know best. So when these children move to their second and third languages, they will be cognitively ready. All they need to do is to transfer the skills from the first to second language and vice versa. This will create independent and creative thinkers who will directly contribute to the country’s economic development in the future.
Even though culture is one of the obstacles, Felismina believes that in the future women will lead alongside men as equals. Right now, she notes that there are many women involved in public affairs such as being a member of parliament and leaders of many government and civil society organisations.
So she ends her statements by saying that, “Quality education is the key to all.” She is devoting her career to developing her beloved country, especially in the education sector. She also makes a point of thanking the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for its support of the EMBLI Program.
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