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CALI 50th Anniversary Celebrated!

September 30, 2012
A contest was launched to create a new logo to celebrate CALI’s 50th anniversary. The winner of this contest unveiled the logo during the ceremony with Ambassador James F. Entwistle. (State Dept. Images)

A contest was launched to create a new logo to celebrate CALI’s 50th anniversary. The winner of this contest unveiled the logo during the ceremony with Ambassador James F. Entwistle. (State Dept. Images)

Ambassador James F. Entwistle awarded certificates to  CALI's Admin Assistant Kyungu for his dedication and long years of service. (State Dept. Images)

Ambassador James F. Entwistle awarded certificates to CALI's Admin Assistant Kyungu for his dedication and long years of service. (State Dept. Images)

On September 27th, the US Embassy commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Congo-American Language Institute (CALI). The celebrations gathered together over 100 guests, including current students, prominent alumni, local businessmen and government officials. .

“CALI represents a great partnership between our two countries and has been a significant aspect of our bilateral relationship for half a century,” said Ambassador James Entwistle.   “So, as we celebrate 50 years of CALI English language teaching in the DRC, we are also celebrating our commitment to our many years of partnership in creating a better future for the Congolese people,” he added.  

The event was also an occasion to celebrate the dedication of CALI’s many teachers to English language learning. Three of the institute’s staff members were also singled out for recognition. Administrative Assistant Edouard Kyungu Lwamba, Off-site English Program Coordinator Flavien Kanika, and  Kimaka Stanislas Nobalaya were each awarded the Customer Service Certificate for their exceptional and lengthy commitment to CALI.

Opened in 1962, CALI began as a language program for the English teachers of Congolese government civil servants.  In its first session, ten Congolese teachers went through the eight month training course.  Today, CALI teaches over one thousand students per session.