Pelican Grammar School: A Beacon of International Education in Timor-Leste

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In a significant development for the educational landscape of Timor-Leste, the Minister of Education today announced the impending establishment of Pelican Grammar School, a new international school in the heart of Manleuana Dili. The school, which is under the auspices of the Aquila Foundation (link to, has officially submitted its application for licensing and is poised to open its doors for the new school year in January 2024.


A Vision Coming to Life

The Minister of Education announced that the school has officially submitted its application for licensing and, pending a review of documents set to conclude by November, the Ministry will inspect the facilities to ensure everything is in place for the school to open its doors for the new school year in January 2024.


Fostering Local and Global Synergies

As an international school, Pelican Grammar School will conduct classes in English, providing a global perspective to its students. However, in alignment with the Ministry’s requirements, the school will also incorporate local content, including national languages and history, into its curriculum. This dual approach ensures that students receive a comprehensive education that honours their heritage while equipping them with international competencies.


Community Engagement and Collaborative Growth

The school’s vision extends beyond the classroom, with plans to engage in social activities within the community. “The good thing about the school is they will also have social activities with the communities,” the Minister added, highlighting the school’s commitment to social responsibility and community integration. This collaborative approach is set to enrich the educational experience for students and foster a sense of unity and shared growth within the educational sector.


Educational Journey from the Ground Up

Pelican Grammar School will offer a complete educational journey from early years through to secondary level for children aged 3-16, ensuring continuity and stability in the students’ learning experience. This comprehensive approach positions the school as a cornerstone of quality education in Timor-Leste, setting a precedent for academic excellence and holistic development.

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