An agreement to broaden the teaching of the Portuguese language in Jersey has been signed by the Chief Minister.
John Le Fondre renewed the agreement with the Camões Institute at the Embassy of Portugal in London.
It means that over the next five years, four teachers will continue to work across the island to promote literacy in the language among children of Portuguese heritage.
Two primary school teachers and two secondary teachers are already funded by the Institute. Jersey’s government will continue to provide classrooms and teaching materials, as well as offering a rental subsidy allowance until the 2024/2025 academic year.
“Portuguese nationals or descendants account for roughly 10 per cent of Jersey’s population, and are fully integrated in the Jersey community. Relations with Portugal are of great importance to the Government of Jersey, with Portugal featuring as a key strategic partner in the External Relations department’s European Relations strategy.
In the context of Brexit, it is even more important than ever to have good bilateral relationships with European partners, and the Government of Jersey is investing in this function.
– Senator John Le Fondre, Jersey’s Chief Minister