We prioritize French education to open up the economy

Minister of Education, Yaw Osei Adutwum

Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education, said the government is prioritizing French language learning from basic to higher level to open up the local economy.

He said basic French language skills would reposition Ghanaian entrepreneurs to explore Francophone markets under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

Dr Adutwum said so on Tuesday February 1 in Accra during the launch of the mobility program for French teachers, set up by the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) to meet the needs of member countries that are embarking on a plan national for quality education of and in French.

Under this program, Ghana received 21 French teachers from French-speaking countries to support the training of French teachers and improve the use of French in the country.

They will be deployed in the Higher Education Schools in charge of training French teachers, the Regional Centers for the Teaching of French and bilingual classes.

The Ministry of National Education and the OIF signed a three-year framework cooperation agreement in November 2021 on the Program to strengthen the linguistic and pedagogical skills of French teachers in Ghana.

The minister said education was a priority for all nations around the world, stressing that the new partnership was a major step in implementing the language pact signed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in 2019.

The signing of the Linguistic Pact led to the adoption of an Action Plan on four themes: Education, Francophone environment, Linguistic development and Language.

“Developing the knowledge of young people with the French language will prepare them to become leaders of ECOWAS and French-speaking businesses and contribute to the development of the country,” he said.

He praised the OIF for its support and urged parents to encourage children to take French language study seriously for future benefits.

Madame Anne Sophie Ave, the Ambassador of France to Ghana, indicated that with the strategic location of Ghana in the West African sub-region, the learning of the French language by Ghanaians would greatly contribute to promoting social development. -economic of the country.

She said Ghana hosting the AfCFTA headquarters, meant that Ghanaians had to study the French language for job opportunities in Francophone countries.

The Ambassador commended President Akufo-Addo for his keen interest in speaking French in the country.

Madame Renie Yotova, Head of Delegation, OIF, said that the signing of the agreement would strengthen the initial training of primary and secondary school students and the continuous training of teachers and education professionals in the country.

The OIF is an organization that brings together 88 member states and governments that use the French language as a common means of communication to promote peace, good governance, respect for culture and linguistic diversity in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. .

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