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(August 7, 2014) Manhattan, Kansas—Ambassador Nathalie Cely joined today 100 Ecuadorian scholars during the Go Teacher program graduation commencement at the Kansas State University. A total 852 Ecuadorian professors have graduated successfully from this program and in December 42 more will graduate from their masters degree in this same institution.

During today’s commencement, Ambassador Cely congratulated the students for their accomplishments. She also recognized the hard work, long hours and all the skills that the students from the program acquired in these seven months and will take back to Ecuador. Ambassador Cely was thrilled because now students in Ecuador will get the opportunity to learn a second language and the Go Teachers will contribute by making a significant difference in the education system of the country.

Ambassador Cely reminded students about the importance of their role in Ecuador’s most iconic revolution—the revolution of knowledge; “You are teachers, and with your knowledge, talent, and global vision, you will make a difference in our country, and you’ll be a source of inspiration for other students who want to achieve their dreams.” She also emphasized how these Go Teacher graduates now ‘have the future in their hands’ by becoming the teachers of transformation in our country.

Education has been a priority in these administration’s government and Ambassador Cely made a note of that. Since 2007, 1.6 billion have been invested in education in Ecuador. These numbers are the biggest investment that the government of our country has made in years.

Ambassador Cely reiterated that education policy in Ecuador has reduced the disparity levels in the country, which reflects in the number of enrollments in first and middle school. These numbers have made a positive effect in the poorest families in Quito, as they finally have access to quality education. The enrollments have increased from 7% in 2006 to 17% in 2011. Additionally, more students have been accepted to universities and they come from households where parents receive education bonuses so they can send their children to college. This shows that the policies that have been implemented have helped increase admission rates by 13%

María del Pilar Troya, Vice Minister of the National Secretary of Higher Education, Science and Technology, congratulated all the graduates and reminded them of ‘the bigger challenge now that they return back to Ecuador.’

As the ceremony came to an end, the president of the Ecuadorian Student Association from Kansas State University, Rafaela Vinueza said: “Only in the pursuit of the dream one can be,” and she thanked President Rafael Correa on behalf of all the graduates for ‘being a champion of education and allowing them to dream.’

Finally, Ambassador Cely thanked the graduates and Kansas State University for their support in the partnership. She pointed out how these types of alliances confirm that having cooperation in education, science and technology between Ecuador and the United States has its benefits for both countries.