Graduates of the Congo American Language Institute (CALI) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) celebrated their achievement at a ceremony, Dec. 14. The graduates have completed all six levels of the class at the 55-year-old, U.S. Embassy-run language school and have proved their proficiency in English speaking, reading, and writing. In addition to English-language skills, the CALI curriculum exposed the students to U.S. culture, values, and history. The population has an immense appetite for English-language learning in the DRC; it helps to improve employment prospects for the students, and creates a cadre of people with a very positive connection to the United States.
Photo by Henock Mbala Nzakimuena