IPNETP General Director Receives Books From the US Embassy and Honors his English Language Fellow in a Sweet Ceremony

Post date: Feb 23, 2018 5:05:53 AM

Berté Zakaria (dark suit), General Director of IPNETP, Riah Werner, and members of the Board.

On Wednesday February 21, 2018, a ceremony was organized to present the books offered by the US Embassy to Mr. BERTE Zakaria, General Director of the National Pedagogical Institute for Technical and Professional Training (IPNETP). IPNETP obtained the books thanks to the joint efforts of Ms Jemalee Sowell, English Language fellow at the US embassy in Abidjan over the past few years and Ms Riah Werner, currently English Language Fellow at IPNETP.

Ms Riah Werner explained that the books will help our teachers learn some recent pedagogical approaches and design more student-centered and interactive lesson plans. Some of the books will be kept at the IPNETP library, others will be offered to the schools taking part in the project.

Left to Right: Sangaré Moussa, Soro N'Gana, Sita Kanga (Head of the ESP Center), Berté Zakaria, and Riah Werner

A friendly lunch ceremony was appended to the book presentation. This was the opportunity for Mr. BERTE Zakaria to express his satisfaction and recognize Riah before the board of Directors, faculty, and staff members for her efforts in bringing opportunities to English Teachers and to the Center for English for Specific Purposes of IPNETP since her presence. After watching a short video clip summarizing the CI ELT Exchange Workshops, Mr. Berte Declared, “Through your work, you are bringing the American way of teaching to Ivoirian teachers.”

The IPNETP Community Watching a Video Clip of the Workshops

For Mr. Berte, this lunch is habitual for Ivoirians to say “akwaba” (welcome), the traditional way to express hospitality towards international visitors in Cote d’Ivoire. “Please accept this symbolic lunch, it is our way to say akwaba … you are home.” said Mr. Berte addressing Riah.

The honored guest, Ms Riah Werner was then invited to share a meal with IPNETP board of Directors, faculty, and staff members, and 5 representatives of teachers, recipients of the project.