06 May 2019 - Deputy Prime Minister Zoran Pažin and Director of the American Peace Corps Jody Olsen signed an agreement on cooperation in Podgorica earlier today, under which the United States volunteers will support youth education in Montenegro.
Deputy Prime Minister Pažin said that the engagement of the Peace Corps' volunteers in Montenegro would significantly boost the quality of the English language learning in the Montenegrin primary and secondary schools, especially in less developed areas in the north of the country.
"I see the special value of this programme as an opportunity for the citizens in the north of Montenegro who, because of their economic or social status, are not able to learn English, to improve their knowledge and raise professional capacities, thus making a contribution to the development of their communities and the overall prosperity of Montenegro," said the Deputy Prime Minister.
He also stated that the launch of the programme of the American Peace Corps in Montenegro is another confirmation of the partnership, support, and friendship of the US Government and the people towards Montenegro and its citizens.
"We see the US volunteers in Montenegro as another important opportunity for the US and Montenegrin citizens to enrich their experience and knowledge through personal contacts and make friendships based on mutual understanding and common values," DPM Pažin underscored.
Today's signing testifies to the close partnership between the United States and Montenegro and our commitment to the shared vision of the brighter future of Montenegro and its neighbours in the Western Balkans, Director Olsen noted.
The agreement on cooperation between the Government of Montenegro and the American Peace Corps envisages the arrival of a group of the US volunteers to teach English in primary and secondary schools, mainly in northern Montenegro. The first group of twelve volunteers is scheduled to come to Montenegro next year, after which the number of volunteers will increase according to the needs.
Peace Corps is an agency run by the United States Government, founded by then-President John F. Kennedy in 1961, in order to promote peace and friendship in the world by sending American volunteers to contribute to the economic and social development of the countries in which they are engaged.