Ecuadorian dignitaries to visit

By The Mercury

Three Ecuadorian dignitaries will visit Kansas State University as part of the school’s Day of Ecuador events on Aug. 6.

The dignitaries — Ecuadorian Ambassador Nathalie Cely; Vice Minister María del Pilar Troya from the Ecuadorian governing body of higher education; and Freddy Alvarez, general research dean of the Instituto de Altos Estucios Nacionales — will come to the university as a part of a forum for researchers, educators and students to discuss education-related ideas, according to a K-State report.

Day of Ecuador activities include a panel discussion with the Ecuadorian leaders and Kansas leaders, a trade exhibit and a musical showcase by Papaya Dada, an Ecuadorian jazz band.

Since 2012, K-State has partnered with the Ecuadorian government — including the Ministry of Education — for the Go Teacher program, which enhances English proficiency of teachers in Ecuador and provides them with instruction in teaching English as a second language.

Day of Ecuador events precede the Aug. 7 graduation of more than 100 Ecuadorian students from the Go Teacher program.

Events start at 8 a.m. at K-State.

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