officials deliver modern technology to centers chosen to receive
May 18 , 2004
Many of Uruguay’s bi-national centers
that make up the network of Cultural Alliance Centers in
the interior of the country recently received new computers.
This initiative of Ambassador Martin J.
Silverstein will allow several of the bi-national centers
to utilize modern technology to teach English.
Public Affairs Officer Brian Penn and Press
Section Chief Rubek Orlando traveled to the northern part
of the country to personally deliver the new computers to
three of the centers that had been selected.
The Embassy representatives visited Alianzas
in the cities of Salto, Paysandú and Bella Unión,
where they were welcomed by directors, students and alumni
of these institutions as well as local authorities and the
The first stop was the Alianza in Salto,
a city located 500 km from Montevideo. In addition to the
presentation of the computer, several new classrooms, built
in response to the significant growth of the institution
in recent months, were inaugurated. Ana Bareto, the center's
director, thanked the Embassy representatives and reiterated
the importance of the diplomatic institution’s continuous
The scene was repeated in the city of Bella
Unión, located near the borders of Argentina and
Brazil. Director Marisa Pesce and the students received
the computer enthusiastically. Representatives of the local
press covered the event.
Finally, in the city of Paysandú,
Teresa Mendiburu, director of the Alianza, emphasized her
appreciation for the continuing support from the Embassy,
saying it is especially important for an institution that
opened its doors just this year.
In each of the centers, Embassy representatives
chatted with students eager to demonstrate their advanced
level of English. At the same time, they promoted the drawing
and essay contest on “Common Values” that the
Embassy is organizing and sponsoring as part of its celebration
of the 228th anniversary of American independence this Fourth
of July. The contest has attracted the attention of the
press and the students of the public institutions in each
Taking advantage of the stop in Paysandú,
the agenda also included a visit to the School of Tiempo
Completo, whose director had traveled several months ago
to the United States as part of an exchange program. The
visit presented a perfect opportunity for students to ask
questions about the United States and to confirm enthusiastically
that they were hard at work on their drawings and essays
on “Common Values.”
Students in Salto wait for representatives
from the U.S. Embassy.
Students look at the new
computer at Alianza in Bella Union.
Public Affairs Officer
Brian Penn speaks with students at Alianza in Salto.
PAO Penn presents a new computer to
the students at the Alianza in Paysandu.