150 Jamaicans benefit from free Spanish language training course

More than 150 Jamaicans from public and private sector entities have benefited from a three-month Spanish language training course.

His Excellency Francisco Bernales, Ambassador of Chile to Jamaica

The free training was offered by the Chilean Government through a partnership between the International Cooperation Agency of Chile (AGCID) and Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso.

Classes were offered at three venues – The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus; University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) headquarters in Kingston.

“The idea was to have 40 students but we received applications from around 100 people.”

— Bernales

On Friday, November 29, successful students, who completed the training, received their diplomas at closing ceremonies held at UWI, UCC and the JDF.

Ambassador of Chile to Jamaica, His Excellency Francisco Bernales, said that the course followed the successful eight-week pilot in 2018.

“It was very, very successful. The idea was to have 40 students but we received applications from around 100 people, so then we realised the interest, at least in Kingston,” he said.

He said that courses were offered at two levels – basic and intermediate – with more students in the basic level. Classes were held three days per week at midday and after work hours.