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Costa Rica & Nicaragua

Graduation under pandemic conditions

Hedwig and Robert Samuel Foundation

Diploma in hand! In February our graduates from Costa Rica and Nicaragua celebrated the achievement of their professional qualifications.

Due to the pandemic, the graduation ceremonies had to take place on a small scale while respecting, of course, all hygiene and social distancing rules. However, we were very glad to receive the support of the German embassies during the celebration of the ceremonies in both countries. The German ambassadress in Costa Rica, Martina Nibbeling-Wrießnig, sent her video greetings to the graduates. At the graduation ceremony in Managua, the German Ambassador to Nicaragua, Dr Christoph Bundscherer, as well as several Nicaraguan government representatives were able to participate personally.

After the successful completion of the technical training which lasted 21 months, we were able award a total of 175 graduates in both centres their respective diplomas. Due to the pandemic, the Foundation had to extend the technical training in this academic year by two months. Since March of last year, classes had also been held in a mix of face-to-face and virtual lessons. After the completion of the mandatory apprenticeships at the end of the training period, it has already been possible to place a great number of graduates in permanents jobs.

We sincerely congratulate all of our graduates in recognition of their achievements amidst these difficult times. In addition, we thank all the employees of the training centres who devotedly supported the youngsters on their journey.