New Zealand Embassy Santiago, Chile
Official launching of Penguins without borders
On 27 November, the President of Chile, Sebastian Piñera, along with the Minister of Economy, Pablo Longueira, the Minister of Education, Harald Beyer, and the New Zealand Ambassador, John Capper, along with other Government officials launched the “Penguins without Borders” education scheme in Santiago.
The launching involved the 40 students who will participate in the pilot in early 2013, along with their families. These fifteen and sixteen year olds are the best students from the public school system, several from each region, who will receive a Chilean Government scholarship to study in New Zealand schools for 2 terms to improve their English, gain an overseas experience in a different country, and build connections.
New Zealand has been identified as the destination of choice for Chile in a priceless branding opportunity, thanks to the hard work of NZ Inc. in Santiago and Wellington, as well as the Chilean Government.
The scheme has been a centrepiece project of Minister Longueira as part of “2013: year of innovation”. The idea of involving New Zealand as the host country gained real momentum during a conversation between Minister Longueira and Minister Groser in the margins of the G20 meeting in Puerto Vallarta. Over the following months the idea was crystallised during extensive conversations between the Embassy and the Economy Ministry, resulting in the Ambassador and the Minister signing a Statement of Intent to launch the pilot in October, with the grand launching with the successful students a month later.
For videos of the ceremony and student’s testimonial, please follow these links: