Today I’ve been at the Student Forum for the Friendship Schools Project. Heaps of schools across Victoria have a connection with a school in Timor-Leste (East Timor). Ours has been going for the last 4 years, with Ossa Huna Pre-Secondary School in Ossa Huna, Baucau, which is east of Dili.
Ossa Huna classroom before rebuilding
The student forum includes workshops on music, dance, drumming, singing, because this year’s theme is “Mia Festa” – “Let’s Party”! Also, we’re raising money for musical instruments at our sister school, through BBQs and a movie night. All you coffee drinkers out there, if you want to drink coffee and feel good about it, I’m selling Timorese fair trade coffee to raise money.
Thanks to the initiatives of a group of students who are creating radio programs at our school for Vision Australia, I decided to get an interview that could be a segment on the show. But what could I do?
I know, I’ll interview Kirsty Sword-Gusmao. She’s only the former First Lady of the world’s newest nation. As a former Eaglehawk PS student, she was happy to have a chat with yours truly. My budding career as interviewer of the world’s movers and shakers has begun. So, exclusively for Eaglehawk SC, here she is, holding forth on the state of her adopted country, Timor-Leste.