PAO visits Teachers College’s English Department
On November 3, 2017, Acting PAO Jim Callahan visited the Teachers College’s English Department. He first met with the Department’s faculty members to discuss the challenges facing them. These include lack of teaching materials and language lab, lack of computers, printers and internet, and paucity of electricity. The combination of these problems coupled with the inadequate number of qualified lecturers and the low level of the majority of students constitute a real challenge. The PAO then took time to meet with students in a 300-seat auditorium which was packed with students of the two levels (first and second year). Some commented that it was the first time they had met an American, let alone an American from the Embassy. The PAO encouraged them to work hard in order to master the English language, which is an international language that could open many doors to them in the future. He also mentioned the opportunities awaiting them if they are successful in their studies. He listed the Fulbright and Humphrey Fellowships, the Mandela-Washington Fellowship and Summer Institutes administered by the Embassy. He pointed out, as an example, that three of the lecturers present in the room were alumni of the Fulbright program. The visit concluded a promise to work more closely with the Department in order to help solve some the problems.