My respect to Finantil High School director and SESIM coordinator Curt “Gabriel” Gabrielson. Good afternoon. Thank you for inviting me here today. I am proud to learn about your studies.
I know everyone here today cares about STEM education. That’s why you are here. The reasons are simple. We all know that STEM education is a key foundation for any country’s economic success, including for both the U.S. and Timor-Leste. As Timor-Leste’s economy diversifies, employers demand more skilled workers. Building these skills can be achieved through STEM education. STEM education unlocks a world of opportunities for women. Moreover, women involvement in STEM lays the foundation for a country’s prosperity.
Events like this one directly support that work. We at the U.S. Embassy are proud to highlight the importance of women in STEM. I look forward to seeing your classes and the work that you are doing. Thank you, obrigada barak.