One hundred and two Tobagonians have successfully graduated from a Spanish and Music programme hosted by the Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Cooperation and the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
The Cultural Exchange which is themed “Breaking Barriers and Connecting People through Culture and the Arts” was developed in 2016 and seeks to encourage citizens to become bilingual in order to compete in the global market.
It also aims to enhance the knowledge of Tobagonians for greater marketability in the Latin American-Caribbean region.
This year, the Conversational Spanish classes were expanded to include Sector Specific Classes for stakeholders within the tourism industry, as well as lunch time Conversational Spanish classes for employees of the THA’s Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation.
THA Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles lauded the initiative saying that being multilingual, places students at a distinct advantage, and says he hopes that the added skills will help to further develop Tobago.
Meanwhile Ambassador of the Embassy indicated that although she is approaching the end of her tenure at the Embassy in T&T, steps have already be taken for the continuity and collaboration for the programme in Tobago.