The Government of Barbados has signed an education memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Republic of Cuba.
According to reports, the MOU provides two scholarships per year for five years to Cuban nationals — providing training in English as a foreign language for Cuban experts.
More so, the signing of the MOU provides Barbadians with the opportunity to strengthen their capacity in second language acquisition by teaching Spanish as a modern language.
According to the MOU, there will be a practical exchange of teachers between Cuba and Barbados, with an emphasis on English Language teachers, as well as secondary-level teacher training for students aged 11 to 14.
Records have it that Barbadians have benefited from scholarships awarded by the Cuban government in fields such as medicine and sports over the years. Experts believe that the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding is another step in cementing the long-standing friendship between the governments of Barbados and Cuba.
Kay McConney, Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training; Sergio Pastrana, Ambassador of Cuba to Barbados; and Betty Alleyne-Headley, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training were present at the signing of the memorandum of understanding.
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