Estori Konoba Hari Kay Rala
Iha Fulan Agusto, Tinan 2002 hahu loke eskola foun ida mak naran
Kay Rala nebe ami sei hametin liu hosi eskola ne'e se iha participasaun
inan, aman ho profesores hotu. No mos qualidade hanorin iha
area nonivel eskola nian.
Iha momentu atu haree eskola ida ne'e, haree mos hosi situasaun
iha Manatuto. Hare'e hosi eskola secondaria nian iha ida deit
mak eskola secondaria St. Antoni, i scola ne'e mos selu karun
(fulan ida, $10). Iha inan aman sira balu atu fo'o eskola o
continua oan sira nia eskola, maibe force atu selu osan eskola
nian la to'o, tanba selu karun.
Iha momentu ne'e mos, iha mestri nain hat hare'e ba situasaun
eskola nian henesan ne'e, sira homotuk lia ida ho inan aman
sira, atu hato'o ba estadu RDTL, oinsa atu habele loke eskola
foun ida atu ajuda labarik sira nebe'e inan aman la force atu
selu eskola iha Manatuto. Consege estatu hatan, hodi husu ba
mestri nain hat: imi hakarak hari eskola ida iha Manatuto katak
hodi ajuda labarik sira, maibe imi mestri hamutuk nain hira
mak bele hari eskola ida ne'e. Mestri nain hat hatan fali ba
estadu: ami mestri sira etta hamutuk nain hitu, depois mestri
hanesan alunus sira selu hamutuk nain hitu. Depois mestri sira
seluk mos hakarak ajuda hotu labarik sira ne'e. Estadu simu
mestri sira nia idea atu bele loke eskola foun ida iha Manatuto.
Oinsa sira bele atu tau eskola ne'e nia naran? Sira ba kualia
ho presidente Timor nian, Xanana Gusmao, atu bele fo'o nia naran,
Kay Rala, ba eskola ne'e. Presidente mos hakarak fo'o naran
ne'e, nebe'e uza iha ai laran, atu tau ba eskola.
Iha data 8 fulan Agusto, tinan 2002, komesa ha'hu tau naran
ba labarik sira nebe atu ba eskola. Iha tempo ne'e mos labarik
sira hamutuk 132 fahe fali ba klasse hamutuk 4. Komese lisaun
iha data 15 fulan Septembro i hala'o diak. I alunus sira mos
komesa selu osan fulan fulan, $3.50 atu fo'o ba mestri sira
nebe'e estadu la selu.
Agora, data 25 fulan Marco, tinan 2004, eskola Kay Rala iha
alunus nain 227 i mestri hamutuk 20. Eskola nia tinan la'o hosi
fulan Septembru to'o Augusto. Agora eskola iha alunus iha klass
1, klass 2. Iha Agusto oin, atu aumenta klas 3.
Se'i susar ba mestri i alunus sira hotu, tanba Kay Rala seidauk
iha uma ida; sei usa uma pre-secundaria nian. Ami alunus, seidauk
hatene oinsa atu resolve probleme ne'e, maibe ami hein ho pasensia.
Ba estroria hari Kay Rala maka ne'e deit. Sei bele, ami hakarak
rona estori konoba eskola iha rai seluk. Obrigadu barak ba ita
bot sira hotu.
Gabriel Soares Boavida
Chefe de Classe
The Story of Kay Rala's Founding
In the month of August, 2002, mothers, fathers, and teachers
of Manatuto, to provide an ongoing education for their children,
opened a new school named Kay Rala. They strove to ensure the
quality of teaching for students at the highschool level.
At the time of founding the school in Manatuto, the situation
was like this: there was only one secondary school in Manatuto,
St. Anthony, and this school was expensive ($10 per month).
Though the parents wanted to further the education of their
children, they could not aford St. Anthony's expensive tuition.
At the same time, there were four teachers that also worried
about this situation, so they spoke with the parents about conveying
their concerns to the new government of East Timor: how to open
a new school to help the children of parents without the means
to afford the other school. Before answering, the state asked
the teachers about how many were commited founding the school.
Four teachers answered the state: we would like the state to
pay salaries for seven teachers and the students can pay the
salaries for seven more. The state agreed to help the teachers
found a new school in Manatuto.
What name would they give to this new school? The teachers went
to speak with East Timor's president, Xanana Gusmao, about giving
his name, Kay Rala, to the school. The president also wanted
to give this name, which was his code name in the forests during
the war with Indonesia, to the new school.
On the 8th of August, 2002, students began to submit their names
for registration. At this time, there were 132 children split
into 4 classes. Lessons began the 15th of September and began
well. The students also began to pay $3.50 every month for the
salaries of the teachers not paid by the state.
Today, the 25th of March, 2004, Kay Rala has 227 students and
20 teachers. The school year here runs from September to August.
Now there are students in class 1, and class 2. Next August,
class 3 will begin.
It is still difficult for all the teachers and students because
Kay Rala does not yet have its own building; it still uses the
buildings of the pre-secondary school. We students do not yet
know the resolution for this problem, but we are waiting patiently.
That is all of the founding story of Kay Rala. If possible,
we'd like to hear the story about schools in other lands. Thank
you all very much.
Gabriel Soares Boavida