Canadian groups sign new partnerships

15 April, 2015

Languages Canada, the national association representing English and French language programmes, and the Canadian Association of Public Schools – International (Caps-I) have signed an MOU with the Brazilian state of Pará, while Caps-I has also announced a partnership with pan-European agency association EAQA.

Languages Canada and Caps-I have announced a partnership with the Brazilian state of Pará.

The Memorandum of Understanding between Languages Canada, Caps-I and Pará is designed to support closer working relations between the parties and promote mutual assistance of English language education, cultural exchange and public school management.

“I am very pleased that Caps-I is part of this important collaboration with the State of Pará. Canadian public schools are becoming increasingly connected throughout the globe and this MOU will serve to strengthen education ties and knowledge transfer within Brazil,” said Bonnie McKie, Executive Director of Caps-I and one of the signatories of the agreement along with Helenilson Cunha Pontes, Secretary of State for Education, and Gonzalo Peralta, Executive Director of Languages Canada.

The agreement allows for the sharing of academic, cultural and technical knowledge among students, teachers and education practitioners, as well as for leadership management exchange and the development of English language education in Brazilian public schools.

“We are pleased to partner with Caps-I to support the State of Pará, Brazil, in their language education efforts,” said Peralta. “The State of Pará’s investment in language education is impressive and reflects a vision that will position them favourably in the future. We are proud to be part of this initiative.”

Caps-I has also announced a partnership with agency association EAQA, to enhance knowledge sharing and mutual cooperation. “Caps-I is excited to have signed an MOU with EAQA. We are certain that this will help to foster collaboration between Canadian public schools and European member agencies,” said McKie.

The partnership follows recent EAQA deals with English Australia and ABLS Accreditation in the UK.

Meanwhile, Languages Canada has unveiled a series of offshore recruitment and trade mission dates for the coming year. The association will take a delegation of member language schools on a bundled mission to meet study travel agents in Turkey and the Middle East from November 9-12, and will conduct another mission to China and Vietnam from November 22-27. A forum in Brazil is also planned for September, while another event in Mexico is scheduled for February 2016.

China. Vietnam, Brazil, Mexico and the MENA region were five of the six key recruitment markets prioritised in Canada’s international education strategy, announced at the beginning of 2014.

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