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The Embassy of Italy in the United States and the Consulate General in Philadelphia sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Education of Maryland.

Date:

12/12/2019


The Embassy of Italy in the United States and the Consulate General in Philadelphia sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Education of Maryland.

The Embassy of Italy in the United States and the Consulate General in Philadelphia signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Education (DoE) of Maryland. The new Memorandum replaces the previous one of 2015, updating and integrating it, to further improve the program of Italian language and culture in the State.

The main objective of the Memorandum is improving the quality and fostering the teaching of the Italian language and culture in Maryland’s school system through the involvement of the “Enti Gestori” in Washington and Philadelphia. The “Enti Gestori” benefit from contributions from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of International Cooperation aimed at strengthening Italian courses in local schools.

The most significant addition in the new Memorandum is the support that the DoE of Maryland will provide to Italian language teachers in order to obtain the necessary certifications according to the rules in force in the State. Furthermore the MoU will allow to hire teachers, in possession of the necessary academic and professional requirements, directly from Italy.

Teachers, whose Italian academic qualifications have been validated by a DoE approved body and who meet standard requirements and qualifications, will be allowed to teach in Maryland schools for the entire duration of their visa.

The DoE of Maryland will recognize the participation of Italian teachers in training activities organized by the Embassy in Washington or by the Consulate in Philadelphia as professional credits in collaboration with the local school system.


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