Jamaicans celebrate Christmas Venezuelan style
Students attending the Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Cooperation (IVCC) in St Andrew learnt much about that country's culture through its food, music, dance, dress and various traditions, at the recent annual Christmas Festival.
Held under the theme 'Christmas in Venezuela', the festival also encouraged students to use their Spanish as they explored the cultures of the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Coordinator of the IVCC, Betza Beth, told JIS News that about 130 students, from basic to superior level, participated in the event.
"They had to cook our food, they had to dress with our national outfits and they had to research about our culture, what we do at Christmas and how we do it. It was really an honour to help them to prepare this activity," she said.
Beth added that previous exhibitions at the institute had highlighted Jamaica, Mexico and other countries in the region.
She said one of the ways to learn a language "is to submerge yourself in the culture of the country".
Beth pointed out that although the activity was fun, it was the final oral examinations for some students, whose presentations were evaluated by their teachers.