The Project to Strengthen the French Language and the Francophonie in Ghana (PROFF) which will take place in 2021 and 2022 has been signed between Ghana and France.
This project aims to strengthen the presence of the French language in Ghana; support the implementation of the Linguistic Pact between the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) and Ghana of May 2018; and contribute to the development of quality French teaching and learning in the public system at all levels.
Education Minister Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum said in his speech that over the years France has supported Ghana in its efforts to promote the teaching and learning of French and its use in Ghana. .
He indicated that the project being launched was therefore unique in its kind since it reaffirms the commitment of governments to strengthen the French-speaking environment in the country.
Dr Adutwum said Ghana’s ultimate goal was to create a model bilingual school with a fully equipped language lab, library and qualified teaching staff, noting that this would be the start of a new generation of entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, doctors, diplomats, market negotiators, etc. who will be ready to practice anywhere in the world.
The minister said that Ghana, as a member of La Francophonie, should create a francophone environment in order to take full advantage of the opportunities that exist there, and that the promotion of the French language is in Ghana’s economic interest.
HE Anne Sophie AVÃ, Ambassador of France to Ghana declared that the agreement aimed to reaffirm their commitment in favor of an equitable popularization of the French language in the Ghanaian education system and in particular in the promotion of STEM.
She noted that a new French curriculum for science, math, home economics, agriculture and the visual arts, dubbed ânon-specialized SHSâ will be developed for non-arts students, adding that this will help them. will give the opportunity to study French in their field. of specialization.
The Ambassador indicated that as part of its objective of regional integration, that is to say economic, cultural and political, the Embassy of France was supporting Ghana in the promotion of the French language within its borders in order to strengthen its link with its direct and indirect neighboring relations in the West African region.
She described some of the main activities underway: Drafting of a French as a foreign language manual for primary and secondary schools; Reinforcement of the initial training of future French teachers in the six higher schools which train them in Ghana; Creation of language laboratories in the 6 Teaching Colleges; Semester abroad in France for the 8 best students of the grandes Ã©coles; Continuous training and training of 200 teachers in 2019 and 2020 from the Regional French Teaching Centers (CREF).
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