Mr. Executive Director of the High Institute for Research and Islamic Studies;
Mr. Vice Director;
Mr. Director of Scientific Research;
Mr. Director of Studies;
English language and Computer Instructors;
American Corner Coordinator;
Dear students and colleagues;
I am delighted to join you today at ISERI to celebrate the achievements of 178 students, including 122 who completed a six-month intensive English language course and 56 who completed a three-month basic computer training. These training programs were both funded by the United States Embassy as part of our long and continuing partnership with ISERI.
I am proud to say that since 2004, the United States and ISERI have partnered to provide the students here with an American Corner, programs on Information about the United States, English Language Teaching, EducationUSA advising, Cultural Programs and Alumni Programs, all in support of the following mission goals in an effort to increase opportunity for Mauritanians.
Here in Mauritania, my embassy works together with your government and with Mauritanian institutions, like ISERI, on efforts that will help make the Mauritanian people more prosperous and more secure. A critical element of the partnership between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania is the people-to-people ties built through programs such as the ones we are celebrating today.
Today we recognize our cooperation on English language and basic computer training. The 21st century has shown that English language and Information Technology have become tools of opportunity to access good jobs and quality education. I know that for each of the 178 students here this morning, your new capacity in English and computer skills will help you in the future, whether you become an Imam, a judge, a journalist or a businessperson. I hope you continue to spread your knowledge and love of English language and Information Technology to your family, friends and your fellow classmates.
Mr. Executive Director; dear students and colleagues
Most importantly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the instructors who provided these courses and congratulate all the students for taking on this extra endeavor. I wish you all good luck for the future.
Before concluding, I would like to thank the ISERI leadership and staff for their warm welcome and for organizing this event today. I look forward to many more visits to ISERI during my stay in Mauritania and to continuing our long and productive partnership.