At 10 years old, Deonato already knows what he wants to be when he grows up.
He found a role model in his Grade Three teacher, Mr Bruno, who brought out Deonato's love for maths and Portuguese.
“My teacher is very good so I want to be one too”
But this determined boy's education could soon come to a halt because there is no Grade Four teacher to continue his studies.
Deonato's school in Timor Leste. © UNICEF/Alcock/2012
Kind volunteers are doing their best to help out with classes but the reality is they can barely read and write themselves. Mr Bruno is the only trained teacher at Deonato's school and most days he tries to teach all 168 students himself. And, as if Mr Bruno's job wasn't hard enough, the school is desperately short of basic learning supplies
like pencils and books.
Still, Mr Bruno is standing by his students. "I am most proud that with this school I can contribute to the education of children in this community."
UNICEF is already making an impact in Timor-Leste. We've trained 600 teachers and facilitators and more than 48,000 children are enrolled in UNICEF-supported schools across the country. But in Timor-Leste and throughout the world, millions more need our help to learn.
With your support, UNICEF can train more committed teachers like Mr Bruno. We can give children like Deonato the education they want and the future they deserve.