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Published:Monday | December 29, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation (SJF) recently awarded scholarships to 20 pre-service teachers studying for their diplomas and degrees in the teaching of Spanish.

SJF general manager Dr Rebecca Tortello explained that this year's award ceremony, held at the Sam Sharpe Teachers' College, saw $1 million in scholarships awarded to the 20 student teachers from Sam Sharpe, Church and Shortwood teachers' colleges.

"These scholarships are now an annual event for us at the SJF as we seek to continue supporting our teachers of Spanish in as many ways as we can," she said. Spanish ambassador to Jamaica and president of the SJF, AnÌbal JimÈnez, noted the SJF's unwavering support to the teaching and learning of Spanish as a foreign language at all levels. He went on to encourage the soon-to-be classroom teachers.

"You can never go wrong when you learn a foreign language, especially if that language is Spanish," he said. This SJF scholarship initiative began in 2012 as a 'Jamaica 50' project, awarding 50 scholarships valued at $50,000 each. Since then, the initiative has continued, annually giving $1 million worth of scholarships. The SJF, which fosters partnerships between Spain and Jamaica through educational, cultural, environmental and community development initiatives, was founded in 2006.