Of the 330 youth Region 1- comprising Baucau, Lautem, Lospalos, and Viqueque- registered at the Secretary of State for Employment and Professional Training (SEFOPE), 163 have started attending Korean language classes, which began in June, and are expected to finish in December of this year. “We ask all the youth who have registered their names at SEFOPE branch in Baucau to come and commence their course,” said Romualdo A. de Sousa, SEFOPE focal point, in Tirilolo, District of Baucau.
According to him, there are five classrooms each comprising between 35 and 36 students, making it around two hundred students. “In Baucau itself there are around two hundred students, but space is an issue, and during the elections we couldn’t use the warehouse which was offered to us by the District Administrator due to the elections, so we’ve had to use the premises at Eskola Sekundária Numeru 01 Baucau, where two classrooms were made available to us,” said de Sousa.Cesaltino dos Santos Freitas, one of the young people attending the course said it was important for him to come to classes because it could mean employment in South Korea. “I am currently unemployed and I’ll try to learn Korean so I may be able to work there, in order to provide for my family and hopefully continue my university studies when I have enough money saved up,” said Freitas.
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