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Punta Arenas Students on Three Week Learning Visit to the Falklands

Friday, May 14th 2010 - 02:47 UTC
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Falklands School complex in Stanley Falklands School complex in Stanley

Eight Chilean students and a lady teacher from Punta Areas public school system will be travelling on Saturday to the Falkland Islands for a three week English practice course.

The air tickets and insurance policies were delivered to the travellers on Wednesday at the office of Punta Arenas Mayor, Vladimiro Mimica during a brief ceremony.

The trip is partly financed by LAN (NYSE:LFL), Punta Arenas Town Hall, the British Consulate and the Punta Arenas Municipal Corporation.

“This is a most encouraging experience and I want to congratulate you all on your coming venue which I’m sure you will make the most of it,” said Mimica who added that the idea is that in following years “we can send a greater delegation of Punta Arenas ‘ambassadors’ to the Falkland Islands, with which we have been long linked.”

The criteria for choosing the eight students was their academic performance, particularly in English language. According to Punta Arenas press the students will attend school regularly in the Falklands during three weeks where they will also be visiting some emblematic references of the Islands.

The following step is for a delegation of Falklands’ students to spend time in Punta Arenas to polish their Spanish and get in touch with Chilean customs and way of life. Jorge Cabezas, head of Education in Punta Arenas revealed that in a near future the plan is to program visits by Chilean teachers to the Falklands.

Present at the ceremony were Paola Contardo, Lan airlines regional manager; Jorge Cabezas from the Education Department and the Municipal Corporation Secretary General Orlando Estefó Harambour.

Categories: Politics, Falkland Islands.
Financial Tags: LFL.

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  • Rhaurie-Craughwell

    Now why on earth cannot Argentina behave in that manner? amicable friendly a desire to understand one another and to learn from each other?

    And what is the Argentine governments response threats, blockades and war mongering.

    I give it 5 days before the boards here are filled with Irate Malvinista's squawking traidor repeatedly........

    May 14th, 2010 - 08:19 am 0
  • Quintana

    I am all in favour of this
    Having been educated ( 1939 -1944 ) at St Albans in Argentina I would appreciated a visit by their pupils and others to the Falklands but will this ever happen-I rather dought it

    May 14th, 2010 - 08:21 am 0
  • Rhaurie-Craughwell

    it all depends on the attitude of your government Quintana I would hope in years to come when the current Jerkners go that a more mature conciliatory approach will be made, that looks as the islanders as people not political pawns and sub human scum to be bullied and cajoled for political gain ... it really has sickened me the attitude the current administration has taken...

    May 14th, 2010 - 08:25 am 0
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