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Cambridge Assessment English has praised a group of Mexican teachers who were the first to take part in a major training programme backed by the Ministry of Education in Mexico. The eleven English teachers have just completed a pilot programme which involved them taking a professional development course in the run up to a Cambridge English teaching qualification later in the year.
The pilot is part of a wider exchange programme with links to the Ministry of Education in Jamaica which aims to support the teaching of Spanish in Jamaica and strengthening the teaching skills in Mexico at the Escuelas Normales. Claudia Nieto, Country Head Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean at Cambridge English took part in the closing ceremony of the first phase.
‘Today’s ceremony is a fantastic chance to celebrate great achievement during a time of so many restrictions,’ commented Claudia Nieto from Cambridge Assessment English. She continued: ‘This important programme is playing a key role in supporting and strengthening teaching skills in Mexico and Jamaica. I’d like to say a huge congratulations to the first ten Mexican teachers who achieved so much against the backdrop of the pandemic. They’re now working towards taking their TKT teaching qualification later in the year which will help them gain even more skills and confidence as teachers.’
The closing ceremony was hosted by the Embassy of Mexico in Jamaica, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information of Jamaica, Shortwood Teachers’ College in Jamaica, the General Directorate of Higher Education for teachers in Mexico and the National Pedagogical University (also in Mexico). The event also welcomed ambassadors from 13 countries along with a host of other VIP guests.
The eleven Mexican teachers from Normales will now take Cambridge’s TKT teaching qualification later in the year. TKT is aimed at new and experienced teachers focusses on practical teaching skills and knowledge through a series of different modules.