USM only school in Mississippi participating in Panamanian bilingual education program

Southern Miss is participating in Panama Bilingue, or Bilingual Panama.
Southern Miss is participating in Panama Bilingue, or Bilingual Panama.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The University of Southern Mississippi is among a select group of universities around the world which are helping the Panamanian government with a new bilingual education program.

It's called,

Panama Bilingue,

or Bilingual Panama, and the goal is to encourage citizens in that Latin-American country to learn English as well as Spanish.

The government plans to send 1,000 educators a year over the next five years to different universities so they can learn English or learn methods for teaching English as a second language.

50 of those educators are currently at USM.

"It's organized through the Ministry of Education in Panama and actually the president, (Juan Carlos) Varela, issued this declaration and it's one of his goals for the country," said Dr. Christopher Miles, Chairman of the Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures at USM.

Southern Miss is the only university in the state participating in the program.