Subject: Lusa: Brazilian teachers arrive March to give Portuguese classes

East Timor: Brazilian teachers arrive March to give Portuguese classes

Brasilia, Feb. 24 (Lusa) - Fifty Brazilian teachers begin teaching the Portuguese-language and training local teachers in East Timor on a 12-month assignment beginning March, an official source said Thursday.

The teachers are being sent to Timor as part of Brazil's cooperation program with Dili and will receive monthly salaries of euros 830 and health insurance, said the Brazilian government source.

Meeting the teachers last week, Education Minister Tarso Genro said their "great humanistic and political task" in assisting the new nation was a "priority" of Brazilian foreign policy.

A minority of Timor's 800,000 inhabitants speak Portuguese, an official language along with the more widely spoken Tetum.

CMC/CJB.

Lusa


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