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News from UNESCO Brasilia Office: University students in Belém prepare for CONFINTEA VI

Course to improve language skills and knowledge about UNESCO restarts

Classes on the course which is preparing university students from Belém to receive foreign delegations for the UNESCO International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI), which will take place from 1st to 4th December in the State capital of Pará, restarted on 17th October. Classes were interrupted after the event, originally scheduled for May, was postponed as a result of complications caused by the Influenza A (H1N1) epidemic.

Of the 210 students enrolled at the beginning of the year, 188 returned to their activities. According to the course coordinator, Ms Edwiges Fernandes, the possibility of helping at a UNESCO conference is seen as a unique opportunity by the majority of the students, which explains the high level of support. 88 students speak English, 60 Spanish and 40 will offer their services to delegations in French. In addition to being oriented as to how to give information about the city, the students are receiving information on the role of UNESCO in the world and on the importance of adult education.

The students who were selected from a total of 420 applicants, will be present at the airport in Belem, in hotels, museums and at the Hangar where the conference will be held offering information about the city to those participating in CONFINTEA VI. They will receive a stipend of US$ 150.

Lecturers use information and newsletters available on the UNESCO site and the CONFINTEA VI page, in addition to material prepared to help exercise oral skills related to themes relevant to the functions which the students will fulfil. The course is being organized by the Federal and State Universities of Para.