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FTM (Forum Tau Matan)

Supporting youth in rural Timor-Leste to raise their voices and speak up about issues such as education, tourism, gender and equality is the focus of Forum Tau Matan's work with Plan International Timor-Leste.

FTM has established debating and public speaking competitions for high school and university students. These have been an opportunity for youth to develop their research, analytical and public speaking skills and have increased their confidence to engage with the political and social leaders in their communities.

Students have received training on days training on public speaking, social analysis, leadership and debating methodologies and they have developed their research and critical thinking skills.

Santiago is now confident to speak in front of his class after completing public speaking training.