On Thursday, January 30, the U.S. Consul General in Rio de Janeiro, John Creamer, participated in the launch of the Brazil-US Intercultural High School, at the Public Education Integrated Center (CIEP) 117 – Carlos Drummond de Andrade, in Nova Iguaçu, in the Baixada Fluminense. Throughout three years, 384 students will benefit from this program with bilingual classes and a full-day schedule.
“We, from the U.S. Consulate in Rio, would like to contribute so that in this school you learn more than our language, we hope to have many opportunities to share the culture of our country as well,” said Consul General Creamer during the launch of the school.
The initiative, that is part of the Dupla Escola program from Rio’s state government, is a partnership between Rio’s State Secretariat of Education (Seeduc) with Prince George County, in Maryland and has the support of the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Brazil. In addition to the Consul General, the Governor of Rio de Janeiro, Sérgio Cabral, Vice-Governor Luiz Fernando Pezão and State Secretary of Education, Wilson Risolia, also attended the launch. Efrain Diaz, an English Language Fellow sponsored by the State Department and working with the State and Municipal Secretariats of Education, was also present at the event. He participated in the selection and training of the teachers that will work at the school as well as in the curriculum development.