Wilkes University


Wilkes University Holds Farewell Ceremony for Panamanian Teachers on March 2

Wilkes University bids farewell to 20 Panamanian teachers who have been studying on campus with a special ceremony at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2 in the ballroom of the Henry Student Center, 84 w. South St. Media are invited to cover the event and interview the teachers about their experiences during the eight weeks they have spent here. The teachers return to Panama on March 4.

The cohort studied here under their country’s MEDUCA-Bilingual Panama Program. An initiative of the President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, and run under the auspices of Panama’s Ministry of Education (MEDUCA), the program brings cohorts of teachers to Wilkes and other colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom to study English and learn educational methods that are best practices.

MEDUCA-Bilingual Panama is part of a national commitment in that country to develop bilingualism in the country’s public schools. The cohort studying at Wilkes includes teachers who work with students in both elementary and secondary schools. The University is the only school in the region and one of only two in Pennsylvania participating in the program. The first cohort arrived Jan. 9.

The MEDUCA-Bilingual Panama Program is part of a comprehensive partnership with Panama being established by Wilkes. In January, University President Patrick Leahy signed an agreement with Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, vice president and minister of foreign affairs, for Wilkes to provide educational opportunities for Panama’s diplomatic corps. In addition, Wilkes Provost Anne Skleder signed agreements of collaboration with four Panamanian universities: Universidad de Panamá, Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá, Universidad Especializada de las Americas y Universidad Latina.