Timor-Leste Early Education

83% of kids in Timor-Leste miss out on going to pre-school. Help us bring early education programs to remote communities and give children the best start in life.


A child’s brain can activate 1,000 brain cells every second - but it needs stimulation. 

Pre-school provides the perfect stimulation.

Children need a place where they can learn, play, socialise and reach their potential. And not only is pre-school incredibly important for preparing children for primary school, but it sets them up for success later in life.

Early education has a positive and profound impact on a child's future. But missing out can have an even more profound impact.

Without pre-school, children often repeat grades or drop out of school altogether. They experience delayed social and educational development, and have lower earning prospects.

Every year of education boosts a child's future earning potential by 10% 

At UNICEF, we're passionate about getting children educated. And right now we have a powerful project that we need your help with.

Please help us get children into pre-school - you can change a child's life right now!

17% of children go to pre-school in Timor-Leste

And without it, kids aren't ready for primary school. Some have never held a pencil, seen a book, learnt the alphabet, or learnt how to count. These children struggle at school from day one. Many will have to repeat grades, while others will drop out altogether.

Education is the key to breaking the vicious poverty cycle, and every child deserves the opportunity to learn, explore and develop at pre-school.

How is UNICEF bringing education to kids? 

UNICEF is providing community-based pre-schools in isolated villages where children are currently missing out. 

We're providing children in remote villages with a safe space to learn in as well as learning materials such as alphabet cards, exercise books, blocks, number flash cards, puzzles, story books, pencils and crayons. We're also helping to provide comprehensive pre-school facilitator training to local volunteers.

When kids attend pre-school, it means they don't have to go to work from a young age, and they have a chance to escape poverty, early marriage, and child labour

UNICEF NZ is a registered charity with the New Zealand Charities Commission (registration CC35979), making all donations tax refundable.