Madrid Spain.- The Minister of Education, Roberto Fulcar, signed an agreement with the Cervantes Institute, through which the Dominican educational community will have free and unlimited access to thousands of digital books from the Cervantes Virtual Library, considered the most important in the Spanish language.
The agreement was signed at the headquarters of the Cervantes Institute, in the city of Madrid, in a solemn ceremony attended by authorities from the institution, officials from the Spanish Ministry of Culture, the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, the Science and Culture (OEI), and the Dominican diplomatic and consular corps accredited in Spain and Morocco, led by ambassadors Juan Bolívar Díaz and Amaury Justo Duarte, who accompanied the Minister of Education, Roberto Fulcar.
On behalf of the Cervantes Institute, the Secretary General, Carmen Noguero Galilea, praised the commitment of the Ministry of Education of the Dominican Republic to massively promote reading among students and citizens, as well as the dissemination and good use of the Spanish language. “For the Cervantes Institute, what the Dominican Republic has been doing in this management in defense, dissemination and good use of the Spanish language is praiseworthy,” he said, while affirming that the digital books made available to the Ministry of Education of Dominican Republic are first class and that their authors have received various awards for their works.
For his part, Minister Roberto Fulcar thanked, on behalf of the Dominican students, the educational community, the government and the country for the opening of the Cervantes Institute of its virtual library, which represents a historic event, an act of solidarity on the part of the Institute and an unprecedented event for the Dominican educational community.
Fulcar expressed his satisfaction with the signing of the agreement, which does not imply an economic expenditure on the part of the Dominican Republic, and stated that the transformation of educational systems constitutes a great task, which requires exchange and joint action between the direct and indirect actors of education globally.
Present at the event were María José Gálvez, General Director of Books and Reading Promotion of the Spanish Ministry of Culture; Andrés Delic, Deputy Secretary General of the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education and former Minister of Education of Argentina; Philippe Robertet, deputy director of International Relations at the Cervantes Institute; Natalia Armijos, General Director of Culture of the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education (OEI); Ernesto Pérez Zuñiga and Martin Lorenzo.
Minister Roberto Fulcar was accompanied by the director of International Relations of the MINERD, Roberto Suárez, the ambassadors of the Dominican Republic in the kingdoms of Spain and Morocco, Juan Bolívar Días and Amaury Justo Duarte, respectively; Catalina Andújar, representative of the OIE in the Dominican Republic, as well as deputies Amado Díaz, Pedro Tineo and Frank Ramírez.
In addition, the Spanish Ministry of Culture donates 30 thousand printed books to the MINERD
During the signing ceremony of the agreement, the Spanish Ministry of Culture announced the donation of 30,000 printed books to the Ministry of Education of the Dominican Republic, which cover areas ranging from literature to science.
This was stated by María José Gálvez, general director of Books and the Promotion of Reading of the Ministry of Culture of Spain, who valued the effort made by the MINERD to promote reading as very important, an example of which is Dominicana Lee.
Gálvez expressed that for the Ministry of Culture of Spain, the efforts made by the MINERD in favor of encouraging Dominican students and the entire population to develop the habit of reading are very significant.