First Language First

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Posted: 7-18-12

First Language First

This project is a collaboration between Many Hands International and partners, Kids Own Publishing (, who are providing the expertise re community publishing, Alola Foundation, who are leading the project on the ground ( and the Ministry of Education, and funded by AusAID and World Vision. A series of children’s books are being created in participatory projects in local communities, then published in a number of community languages and distributed across Timor.  The books, written and illustrated by community members on topics of local interest, are intended to promote teaching and learning in mother tongue in Timor-Leste, increase interest in reading and literacy more generally and support the cultural heritage of local communities.

One of the books created by children from Lospalos working with Victoria Ryle from Kids' Own Publishing.










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