Head of Mission at the Venezuelan Embassy in Bridgetown Francisco Manuel Perez has promised that the Instituto Venezolano para la Cultura y la Cooperación (IVCC) will continue to expand its Spanish teaching courses in Barbados.
Addressing a recent graduation ceremony for students at the institute’s Hastings, Christ Church location, Perez recalled the establishment of the IVCC in Barbados over 39 years ago, saying both the private and public sectors here have been instrumental in the success of the students and the institute over the years.
This year over 300 residents and hundreds of primary school students benefited from Spanish classes at the IVCC and its various programmes.
Perez said it was his intention and desire to ensure that more residents benefited from the free courses each year.
“So next year we will take the work of the IVCC outside of the classrooms . . . into the Government offices, such as the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, as well as in communities and wherever people live and work in Barbados,” he said, while pointing out that the IVCC would also be continuing its annual workshop for Spanish teachers here.
During the graduation ceremony students demonstrated their knowledge of the Venezuelan culture through dance, song and poetry.
The students were presented with their certificates for successfully completing the various levels of the course – basic, intermediate and advance. A number of special awards were also issued.
Academic Coordinator of the IVCC Andreína Bermúdez Di Lorenzo pointed out that since its establishment, thousands of adults and children have benefited from the institute’s courses and various programmes.
Lorenzo explained the institute had developed a range of schemes and workshops over the years to assist in the cultural exchange between Bridgetown and Caracas and to promote greater interest among students in the language.
She added that by going into the schools to engage the students it had created a greater opportunity for them to develop a love for the language.
“It is a great opportunity for students and teachers to share experiences and create knowledge to the generation of Barbadians citizens who aspire to speak Spanish as a foreign language,” she said, while pointing out that the human resource was the most important for the country.