Maltese Prime Minister visits EC language school in New York
The Malta-based society hosted the Prime Minister at its school as he was on an official visit to join the United Nations General Assembly where he spoke about prioritizing literacy and transforming education.
#TransformingEducationSummit in #NEW YORK. There is a strong thirst for change and progress, as well as the will to act decisively. If we succeed in transforming education, we will succeed in transforming our future. #UNGA77 – RA pic.twitter.com/5P3hXb309l
—Robert Abela (@RobertAbela_MT) September 20, 2022
At the EC NYC language center, Abela toured the school’s facilities and was introduced to students and learned about plans for expansion.
“Right now we’re at about 100 students,” center director Joe Shapiro said.
“We were up to 150 during the peak summer period, but that’s not much for us, we still expect to grow, but at the moment we are still responding to the pandemic. That being said, we’ve grown every month of every year since [reopening after] the pandemic.
“We are doing quite well and we are very happy about it.
“We were up to 150 during the peak summer period, but that’s not much for us”
EC leaders plan to increase the number of staff by 10 teachers and three staff by 2023, he added.
The provider also has offices in San Diego, San Francisco and Boston, among the 22 cities around the world where EC schools are located. It closed its operations in New Zealand and Australia in 2021 following the pandemic.
Former Prime Minister of Malta, Lawrence Gonzi, inaugurated the EC New York school in 2009.
Shapiro added that EC is renowned for its multicultural atmosphere where students from different cultures can meet and share their experiences.
EC courses are suitable for students of all levels and have already launched specialist courses for students over 30.
Abela pointed out that the company is an example of successful Maltese investment abroad and that the outlook for the future is positive.