Spain's Crown Prince Felipe spoke warmly here Wednesday about the "commendable work" that teachers perform for students and which has an effect "on society and on our common future."

The prince spoke at the opening of the Ibero-American Congress of Languages in Education and Culture in Salamanca.

Felipe said that instructors are the ones tasked with accompanying and orienting students and "guiding them in the dedication and enjoyment of reading and in reflecting on the value and the possibilities of languages."

He thanked them "with all my heart" for their commitment "to students, which benefits ... our common future."

The prince also said that civil society "also has a very important role to play in the areas of education and culture," an allusion to the fact that the conference he addressed, the Ibero-American Education Conference and the Ibero-American Culture Conference are all being held this week in Salamanca.

After noting the launching of the Educational Challenges 2021 program, endorsed four years ago at the Ibero-American Summit in Mar del Plata, Argentina, Felipe called the languages of Ibero-America "a great collective wealth" that reflects "our history, our relations and our existence in the world."

The prince was accompanied by his wife, Princess Letizia, Education, Culture and Sports Minister Jose Ignacio Wert and the president of the regional government of Castile and Leon, Juan Vicente Herrera, among other officials. EFE