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Coffee Hour: Philippines

Author:Author unknown, Issue: April 1999, Topic: Coffee hour

As part of its activities, the Tsukuba Information Center sponsors a bilingual discussion group the fourth Wednesday of every month from 2 to 4 pm, with invited guests giving a presentation from their area of expertise or experience. This month, we are pleased to have Mr. Jose Camacho from the Philippines speak about his country. Recently, the literacy rate educational standards of the Philippines has greatly improved. An unfortunate consequence of this, however, is that the economic gap between those who have access to higher education and those who do not has increased. Mr. Camacho will speak on the role of education in the development of the Philippines and the problems caused by a shortage of schools, teachers and teaching materials along with the complicating factors of language (English, Tagalog and other native languages).

When one thinks of the Filipino culture, dancing and music often come to mind first. Not to be disappointed, Jose will teach the participants a few traditional steps as well. In addition to the regular refreshments, some Filipino treats will be provided as well. So come on and join us in experiencing a taste of this heart-warming country.

The Coffee Hour is meant to be an informal exchange of information and opinions. English and Japanese are both used with efforts made to make sure those who can't understand one or the other are able to at least get the gist of the conversation. Likewise, you don't need to commit yourself to the entire two hours and can come and go freely. So drop by, whether for a short time or for the entire two hours, and enjoy some free refreshments along with the stimulating conversation.

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