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‘Win the World’ Program to Expand in 2013

‘Win the World’ Program to Expand in 2013

CAPS-I is pleased to confim that the ‘Win the World’ scholarship initiative with the State of Pernambuco will continue in September 2013. The State recently advised that the number of Brazilian students coming to Canada will increase from the 430 that came in September 2012 to 600 for September 2013. In addition to the 600 high school students coming to Canada for 1 semester, Brazilian students will also be sent to the following destinations – 200 to the USA, 200 to New Zealand, 100 to Argentina, 100 to Chile and 75 to Spain.

The student visits are part of Pernambuco’s Ganhe o Mundo, or Win the World, program, which offers improved educational opportunities, including the chance to learn English, to children from families of modest means. Overall in 2012, 1,000 students were chosen from 20,000 applicants to participate in the program, which is designed to prepare Brazil’s workforce for the future. Brazil is also preparing to host two signature global events: soccer’s World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Summer Games in 2016.

This was the first initiative to arise from an MoU signed between the State of Pernambuco and the Canadian Consortium for International Education Marketing (CCIEM) comprised of AUCC, ACCC, CAPS-I, CBIE and Languages Canada. Canada is the number one destination for Brazilians wanting to study English as a second language and is second only to France for the study of French, with more than 20,000 students, usually for under six months, choosing Canada annually. In addition, there are close to 200 agreements in place between Canadian and Brazilian educational institutions.

CAPS-I applauds the State of Pernambuco for this initiative and look forward to further developing the relationship in the years to come.