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Zimbabwe wants to send English teachers to South Korea

by Staff reporter
03 Jun 2024 at 08:39hrs | Views
Zimbabwe has initiated negotiations with South Korea to be recognized as an English-speaking country, aiming to create job opportunities for local English teachers in the affluent Asian nation, according to Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Dr. Fredrick Shava.

Dr. Shava made these remarks during the signing ceremony of the Air Services Agreement on Cooperation and Assistance with his South Korean counterpart, Mr. Cho Tae-Yul, on the sidelines of the South Korea-Africa Summit on Sunday.

The Air Services Agreement is expected to significantly influence international aviation policy and foster cooperation between Zimbabwe and South Korea.

Dr. Shava also requested that the South Korean government classify Zimbabwe as an English-speaking country to allow Zimbabweans to teach English there.

"English is an official language in Zimbabwe and the sole medium of instruction at all levels of education," he stated.

Zimbabwe is renowned for training professionals who are in demand worldwide. Currently, health professionals are moving to countries such as Britain, America, and Australia, among others, often through private arrangements, which makes it difficult for Zimbabwe to benefit from the export of its skilled workforce.

If the new bilateral proposal is successful, Zimbabwe stands to benefit from Zimbabweans formally employed in South Korea through remittances.

In his inaugural Monetary Policy Statement in April, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr. John Mushayavanhu noted that diaspora remittances through official channels increased by 16 percent to US$1.873 billion last year, up from US$1.617 billion in 2022.

Source - online