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Ambassador’s visit celebrates Portuguese links

Published on 01/03/17

The Portuguese ambassador to the UK has spoken to students about the bonds between the two countries during a visit to The Thetford Academy.

Ambassador Manual Lobo Antunes visited the school on Monday, February 27 to meet the academy’s 147 Portuguese students.

He was joined by Dr Regina Duarte, director of the Camões Institute, which promotes Portuguese culture and language across the world.

The ambassador talked about his work promoting a strong relationship between Portugal and the UK, and answered questions on topics ranging from the impact of Brexit on the Portuguese community to the differences between the two countries’ education systems.

The delegation was presented with flowers, a plaque, and Portuguese-themed artwork created by students Iris da Silva, Vera Morgado, and Duarte Felipe.

The ambassador was visiting the town to open the Inspire Focus Project at the town’s Charles Burrell Centre.

The project will provide support to young people from the town’s well-established Portuguese community and beyond, giving careers advice and support with job and apprenticeship applications.

Principal Kevin Blakey said: “We were delighted to host the ambassador and Dr Duarte for the afternoon. They really enjoyed speaking to our students, and answering their very interesting questions.

“The students were proud that their ambassador had come to speak to them, and tell them all about his role representing their community.”

"On behalf of the Portuguese students, we thank Your Excellency for your illustrious visit to Thetford Academy, for which we feel immensely honoured."