Mayor celebrates with Panamanian teaching students

Panamanian teachers who had training at Bradford College

A group of teachers from Panama were given a civic send off by the Lord Mayor of Bradford at the end of their training at Bradford College.

Eighteen trainee English teachers from the Central American country have spent 16-weeks at the college as part of a scheme backed by the Panamanian government to improve English teaching in the republic.

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Abid Hussain, joined the group for their leaving celebration on Friday, handing them certificates and hearing about their experiences in Yorkshire.

Since arriving in May the teachers have combined English language and teacher training courses at the college. They have also had opportunities to observe teaching within local primary schools and have taken part in a number of cultural visits across the region to help them practise their English language skills.

The group is the sixth from Panama to complete the ‘Panama Bilingue’ training programme at Bradford College.

Kirstin Sawyer, Head of School in Education and Professional Studies at Bradford College, praised the group for their hard work and commented on how much more confident the visitors’ were in their teaching and language skills by the end of the course compared to when they arrived.

Bradford College expects to continue being a partner of the Panama Bilingue programme and looks forward to the next group’s arrival early next year.