MIL OSI Translation. Region: Spanish / Latin America / UN –
Source: Republic of Colombia
Since 2013, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has implemented the initiative Diffusion of Colombian culture through the teaching of Spanish, which consists of offering Spanish courses to Governments of non-Spanish-speaking countries to train their public servants and promote cultural approaches on a bilateral basis.
Thanks to the initiative between 2013 and 2018, 47 Spanish courses were given in 14 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean and an International Organization of Southeast Asia, through which more than 2,000 diplomats and public officials received training in our language and culture.
In 2019, the development of the initiative was possible due to the joint effort of the Foreign Ministry and the Presidential Agency for International Cooperation of Colombia – APC Colombia, allowing the presence of 22 Spanish teachers in 21 countries and in an international organization (ASEAN). benefiting around 1,000 diplomats and public officials from Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.
In January 2020, the steps to offer the course to the prioritized countries began. In view of the current situation derived from the declaration of the COVID-19 Pandemic, it was considered appropriate to modify the offer of Spanish courses and carry them out in virtual mode.
Azerbaijan, Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, Cambodia, Egypt, Ghana, Guyana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Morocco, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Singapore, South Africa, Suriname, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations –ASEAN, make up the target group for the course at this time.
On September 15, 2020, the bidding process advanced by the APC was awarded and the Universidad de la Sabana was selected. After carrying out the corresponding coordination and thanks to the commitment of our Embassies and the authorities of the recipient countries, the courses began on October 1.
The courses are developed through synchronous sessions and autonomous work thanks to which students can reinforce their knowledge of the language and creatively learn about Colombian culture and history in all its richness and diversity.
It is expected that, at the end of the program, in the first half of December, the approximately 1,300 participants will have strengthened their communication and interaction skills in Spanish and within this framework they can continue to strengthen Colombia’s relations with the recipient countries and promote rapprochement. cultural at the bilateral level.
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