Jutta Steiner de Toruño School Inauguration
Ambassador Jean Manes
Monday, February 25, 2019, 10:00 A.M., CE Jutta Steiner de Toruño, Ciudad Arce
Remarks by Ambassador Jean Manes at the Jutta Steiner de Toruño School Inauguration
February 25, 2019
* This is a courtesy translation. Only the original Spanish version should be considered authoritative.
Two years ago, in October 2016, I was present at the inauguration of this school and the first technological baccalaureate in Ciudad Arce. Moreover, we inaugurated the first baccalaureate in the entire municipality, something that I know that all the inhabitants of Ciudad Arce had tried to achieve for many years and that thanks to the support of Indufoam it could be realized.
It is truly a great joy to be here again to celebrate the inauguration of two new high school classrooms and a new kitchen. Because what we celebrate is not the building itself. What we celebrate is that the children of Ciudad Arce and surrounding communities will have the opportunity to realize their full potential.
During my career I have visited many countries and I can tell you without a doubt that the Salvadoran youth is incredibly talented and they never cease to surprise us. They are unpredictable in the best way possible, and have demonstrated that all they need is support to materialize their ideas and talents.
You can see it right here in Ciudad Arce. Last year, three students from this School Center competed for the opportunity to participate in the World Robotics Olympiad. Not only did they compete, but they also won first place at the national level, and Karen, Kevin and Carlos were chosen to represent El Salvador in the World Robotics Olympiad that took place in Thailand and brings together boys and girls over 60 countries
In just two years, this community went from not having a baccalaureate, to compete globally in the area of robotics. That achievement was the result of the dedication, determination and discipline of these guys, and we just gave them the opportunity to learn.
Imagine everything that could be achieved if there were more initiatives like these, because when I tell them that youth can reach unimaginable things I mean it, we can not imagine how far they will go.
I want to thank Engineer René Toruño, Jutta Steiner de Toruño, and Indufoam, for their generosity and commitment to the future of El Salvador, to believe in young Salvadorans and see in them the same talent we see. And I want to invite more companies to join initiatives like these, to bet on the youth, because there is no one who deserves our best efforts than you.
Together with the Salvadoran people, from the Embassy of the United States we work to prevent crime and violence, generate economic opportunities and promote democratic governance, so that people can build a better life right here in their country. And with this I want to close my words by thanking all the teachers here present. Because as we all know, it is the teachers who are also investing in you every day. And we thank everyone for their commitment and dedication and their faith in these young people and in this community. On our part it is a great pleasure to participate, contribute and join the Salvadoran efforts and this educational center is just another example of this commitment. Now everything is in your hands. The achievements that you are going to achieve are in your hands and we believe in you and we are here supporting you.