So the other day I had the pleasure of giving a tour of our school to the U.S. Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea, Julie Furuta-Toy (in white). Matthew Lamm is the public affairs guy sharply dressed but probably burning up in that jacket. Julie Beberman is the Gov’t Affairs and Economic officer that had a lot of questions for us. In the back row is one of our technical teachers on the right, Randy, and one of my supervisors on the left, Alan. The tour went well, it was my first tour given to an ambassador. US Embassy in EG
With the ITNHGE school winding down because the EG government wants to open up there own school eventually, our last graduating class will be December of next year. We’ve turned out over 500 bilingual trainees from our program that has morphed over the years to become a highly respected 3 year training program the first of it’s kind in sub-Saharan Africa. We used to have over 1200 applicants for only 50 spots per year. In the beginning we had people trying to “buy” their way in, but when it was realized that we don’t operate that way, it legitimized the program in the eyes of the people, giving every Guinean equal footing regardless of status or family connections.
Thanks to excellent teachers and students for making this possible! Fun times!!!!