The Azores Region will be present at the annual conference of the Luso American Education Foundation, California

The Regional Director of Communities travels to the US state of California today to participate in the 42nd Annual Conference of the Luso-American Education Foundation – LAEF.
Paulo Teves will meet with Portuguese students from various secondary schools in Fresno, California State University, where he will address the importance of learning the Portuguese language and community involvement.
The Regional Director will also be present at the opening ceremony of the 42nd Annual Conference of LAEF, where he attends a debate on the theme ‘Portuguese-American Leadership Retreat-Strategic Plan for the Portuguese-American Community in California’ during which will analyze the definition of an action strategy for the promotion of the Portuguese language and culture in this North American state. He will meet with the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States – PALCUS and participate in the conference at the Portuguese Cultural Night, which will bring together the resident community in this majority from the Azores, as well as the inauguration of the exhibition “Celebrating 15 years of the Full Tide in the pages of the Portuguese Tribuna”.

On the third and final day of the trip to California, Paulo Teves meets with the California Board of Directors of the American American Coalition (CPAC) and attends the awards ceremony of the Annual Conference of the Luso-American Education Foundation, namely on Genealogy, new Portuguese language teaching tools and the role of Portuguese-American youth in the Diaspora, among others. The Luso-American Education Foundation is a non-profit foundation founded on June 12, 1963 by a group of citizens of Portuguese origin, whose objectives are fundamentally related to the promotion and sponsorship of the Portuguese language and culture in the USA. The main activities of LAEF are the Annual Conference on Education, held since 1975, the celebration of Portugal Day, Camões and Portuguese Communities since 1966, the awarding of scholarships for university students, also since 1966, and the completion of a summer course for secondary school students. Support for Portuguese courses at US universities and the granting of scholarships for training Portuguese teachers in the US at Portuguese universities – summer courses – are other activities of the Luso-American Education Foundation. This year’s conference is organized by Diniz Borges, a native of Terceira Island, a Portuguese teacher and Honorary Consul of Portugal in Tulare, where a significant Azorean community lives.

Source : Diário Açores, news paper

Published on 15 March, 2018