Published On: Tue, Jan 21st, 2014

Colombia aims to be bilingual country: Santos

Volunteers

President Juan Manuel Santos said that Colombia aims to become a bilingual country, during a speech Monday in which he welcomed foreign volunteers who will be improving English education standards in the country.  

“We want Colombia to be a bilingual country, this is one of our goals,” he said, in front of a crowd of volunteers.

Arriving from countries such as Canada, the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, the 105 volunteers have agreed to spend a total of 40 hours over the next 20 weeks working in conjunction with Colombia’s National Training Service (SENA).

The goal of the program is to expose SENA students pursuing programs in Financial Services, Process Outsourcing Business, Hospitality and Tourism, Information Technology and Communications and Welding to firsthand experience with native English speakers. An estimated 5,000 students will directly benefit from the program, also geared to improve the standards of the teachers the volunteers will work alongside of.

MORE: Foreign volunteers to raise English education standards in Colombia 

Santos thanked the volunteers for helping to improve the language abilities of Colombians, one of the stated goals of his government, and also tried to frame the program in the context of Colombia’s ongoing peace process with the FARC rebel group, the country’s oldest.

“Being able to teach thousands of Colombians a second language, in this case English, is also to create peace,” he said, adding that the program “opens opportunities for many people to have better jobs, a better future.”

The volunteers signed up so far are professionals and recent graduates between the ages of 22 and 28. They will be distributed across three broad geographic areas and placed in SENA classrooms, where they will lead classes and assist English professors.

Sources

Nuestro propósito es que Colombia sea un país bilingüe: Presidente Santos (President’s Office)

The post Colombia aims to be bilingual country: Santos appeared first on Colombia News | Colombia Reports.


For website development, online marketing and promotion,
check out The Q Media


If you enjoyed this piece, please SHARE IT so other readers can find it and enjoy it.

Recent Posts

TCO bottom

June 25, 2016, Comments Off on TCO bottom

TCO Bottom2

June 25, 2016, Comments Off on TCO Bottom2

TCO Sidebar

June 25, 2016, Comments Off on TCO Sidebar
los_yetis-1170x658

Colombia’s best rock n’ roll bands 50 years ago today

June 15, 2016, Comments Off on Colombia’s best rock n’ roll bands 50 years ago today
heroinsign

Colombia’s drug tourism a problem? Please!

June 15, 2016, Comments Off on Colombia’s drug tourism a problem? Please!
homicide

Colombia’s homicide rate hits 40-year low: Santos

June 14, 2016, Comments Off on Colombia’s homicide rate hits 40-year low: Santos
james_training

Colombia preparing in New Jersey for Copa America match against Peru

June 14, 2016, Comments Off on Colombia preparing in New Jersey for Copa America match against Peru
orlando

Three Colombians injured in Orlando massacre

June 14, 2016, Comments Off on Three Colombians injured in Orlando massacre
urabenos_grafiti

Colombia’s Urabeños: If you can’t beat them, rename them

June 13, 2016, Comments Off on Colombia’s Urabeños: If you can’t beat them, rename them
eln_guerrilla-1

Turf wars biggest threat to post-FARC peace in Colombia: UN

June 13, 2016, Comments Off on Turf wars biggest threat to post-FARC peace in Colombia: UN
child_labor

9% of Colombia’s children subjected to child labor

June 13, 2016, Comments Off on 9% of Colombia’s children subjected to child labor
Party in Colombia