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The School Dropout Prevention Pilot (SDPP) program is a three-year multi-country program, funded by USAID, aimed at mitigating school dropout in primary and secondary school. It designs, implements and assesses the impact of interventions to prevent school dropout in four countries—Cambodia, India, Tajikistan, and Timor Leste–to generate evidence for interventions that can be used by USAID and ministries of education to decrease dropout levels and address dropout-related behaviors that put students at risk.In Timor Leste, SDPP activities are focused on dropout prevention in Grades 4-6, the grades with the highest dropout rates. In June 2012, the project introduced two interventions–an Early Warning System and a Pupil Social Support Program (after school activities)—in 97 treatment schools, enlisting the combined assistance of school administrators, teachers, parents, and other local authorities. The SDPP Program is implemented in five target districts in Timor Leste through a partnership between the Ministry of Education, Creative Associates International and CARE International in Timor Leste. In October 2012, SDPP celebrated the official launch of school-based activities with Ministry of Education representatives, Regional Government officials, school personnel, students, parents and community members.

 

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Guests were greeted at the Primary School of Bazartete in Luiquica with a traditional Timorese ceremonial greeting of music and dance performed by students and community members.