148 students complete training in Spanish
A total of one 148 students, who were taught Spanish at varied levels, graduated last Friday at the Theatre Guild on Parade Street, Kingston.
In addition, 32 women who participated in craft courses offered by the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Cooperation also graduated during a simple ceremony on the same day.
Yesterday, a statement of the Embassy and Institute said that the students completed training in the Spanish Language Basic 1 through Basic 3, Intermediate and Advanced Levels.
“Besides the normal academic language training, other craft courses were introduced, and in these areas 32 women participated in Tie Dye, Cake Decoration, Leather Craft, Sewing, and Floral Decoration programs for the education year 2008 – 2009.”
His Excellency, Dario Morandy, Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in his feature address, congratulated the graduating students on their successful completion of training. He said that the government and People of Venezuela were extremely happy to finance the training programs in an effort to assist persons who would like to become bilingual by learning Spanish as a second language, and to the students who completed craft programs, they would now be able to bring added income to their homes and at the same time have a skill.
All of this, he noted, is part of the overall integration process of the South American and Caribbean regions of which Guyana is playing an important role.
Representative of the Ministry of Education Mrs. Melcita Bovell, in her address lauded the initiative of the Venezuelan Government and was pleased to see so many students who have seized the opportunity given and are now graduating in the various subject areas offered at the Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Co-operation (IVCC). She was high in praise of the association with the IVCC for the co-operation and assistance offered to Guyana.
Representative from the Faculty of Language, Arts and Culture of the University of Guyana, Miguel Nenuve, also in a brief address, mentioned that the importance of language is not only a means of communication, but rather it would be useful in the process of integration.
Taren De Mendonca, a facilitator, congratulated the ladies who completed the craft programs on their success and said that from what she could observe, the majority were women who graduated. She complemented them on the quality products produced as evidence of their skilled professional training.
Certificates were presented by His Excellency Mr. Dario Morandy, Mrs. Corina Morandy, guest speakers, Diplomats of the Venezuelan Embassy, and Professors of the IVCC.
Invitees were also entertained by Latin-styled performances with multiple arrays of colors, songs, dances, poetry and even Christmas carols.
In closing remarks, specialist professor of the IVCC, Ediclia Bastardo, expressed her satisfaction for another year of success and encouraged the students to continue learning and make full use of the new language skills acquired.
The Venezuelan Institute of Culture and Co-operation on an annual basis offers free training classes for all persons who wish to study the Spanish Language and various craft courses annually. The training programs for the next batch of students begin next month.