Presidential couple present certificates to new teachers

The President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and the First Lady, Constancia Mangue, have presented certificates to over 1,300 Pre-school and Primary teachers in the city of Bata.

The education sector has grown with the graduation of 1,347 new Pre-school and Primary teachers from all over the country.

The ceremony took place at the Ngolo International Palace of Congresses and Conferences, in Bata, on Monday 1st July.

The newly qualified Pre-school and Primary teachers received their certificates from the Head of State and Government, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and from Constancia Mangue de Obiang, First Lady and Godmother of the National Education System. Also present was the First Vice Prime Minister and the Minister for Education, University teaching and Sports, Clemente Engonga Nguema Onguene.

The ceremony was attended by the PDGE General Secretary, Jeronimo Osa Osa Ecoro, and members of the Government and the political class from the country; directors from the Ministry for Education, University Teaching, and Sports, and Mines and Hydrocarbons; representatives from companies in the oil sector; chiefs from the management centre for the Equatorial Guinea Educational Development Programme, and teachers, tutors and students.

The protocol introduction included speeches from the National Director of the National Educational Development Programme, Constancia Mangue de Obiang Lima, who pointed out that the mission of the institution in her charge, since being established, had always been to improve the quality of the teaching process in public and private centres throughout the country.

The technical report for the Equatorial Guinea Educational Development Programme, read by the Executive Director, gave a breakdown of the training course which began in October 2016. The modular training for the qualification began throughout national territory in 17 district training centres with 1,500 aspiring teachers, and a nine-module study plan which was executed during 880 teaching hours.

After three years of training, on 1st July a total of 1,347 Pre-school and Primary teachers received their certificates, with the centres in Mbini and AAisok standing out for their 100% pass rates for participants.

For his part, the head of the portfolio for Education, University teaching and Sports said that the current development and transformation of the country, in all areas, but with particular emphasis on the education sector, required the training of human resources, and that was precisely the measure taken by the Government with its initiative to create PRODEGE.

In his speech, the head of State congratulated the 1,347 graduate teachers and encouraged them to carry out their teaching work with vocation, promoting the learning of values.

He also highlighted the collaboration of companies from the oil sector, such as Amerada Hess, the FHI360 agency, and other institutions that have collaborated in this initiative, whose results are for the benefit of the people of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

Education is the essential base for development in our country, and there must thus be coherence in the act of teaching”, stressed the President, who also recalled that training never stops with graduation, and it is necessary to continue with the organisation of refresher courses for school personnel.

The education sector is of prime importance for our country, and for that reason we are reaffirming through this ceremony the saying ‘better a cultured country than a rich one'”, said H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

With the national anthem, the graduation ceremony came to a close for the 1,347 teachers, and the Presidential Couple returned to Malabo.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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