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France Ambassador calls for promotion of French learning

By Iddi
Yire, GNA

Accra, July 29, GNA – Mr Francois Pujolas,
France Ambassador to Ghana, has called for the promotion of French language
teaching and learning in Ghana.

He applauded Ghana Government’s vision to
popularize French among the Ghanaian society, to introduce it from the primary
level of education and to consolidate it at the junior high school and senior
high school levels.

Mr Pujolas, who made the call in an interview
with the Ghana News Agency in Accra, said since Ghana was surrounded by French
speaking countries, the practice of the French language was therefore, Ghana’s
best regional integration tool.

He said it was also one of the best ways for
economic development as a facilitator of dialogue, negotiations, and
harmonization with its neighbours.

“France is very much attached to cultural
diversity and, in particular, the promotion of the French language because we
think it is a real asset particularly for a country like Ghana surrounded by
French speaking countries,” he said.

“Considering this moment of regional
integration and if Ghana wants to play its full role in that process Ghanaians
must speak more French than they do today,” he said.

Mr Pujolas said over the past decades the
Embassy had being working together with Ghanaian authorities trying to develop
the teaching and learning of French.

“What we have decided lately, is to
modernized the training of French teachers in Ghana to adopt new methodologies in
order to make the French language more attractive to students so they will
learn more of French,” he said.

He said the Embassy intends setting up a pilot
bilingual classes at the primary school level; adding that “this is a
project we are working on right now”.

He said the as far as the teaching of French
was concern, within the Ghana education system the Embassy was putting in more
resources and new ideas in order to really make a difference.

“We also want to use new technologies
better in order to widen the offer for learning French.

“In concrete terms, we have launched last
June IT contest ‘hackaton’ dedicated to finding new innovative solutions for
long distance learning of French,” he said.

Mr Pujolas said the Embassy would be working
more closely with the media community in Ghana, especially, radio stations in
particular to promote the French Language.

On Ghana’s 10 year old membership of the
International Organization of Francophonie, the Ambassador said: “We
support that very much as the Ghanaian Government enter into cooperation with
this organisation through linguistic pact that should be signed in the coming
months”.

He urged Ghana to continue strengthening its
ties with the International Organization of Francophonie.

On 60 years of Ghana and France relationship
Mr Pujolas said: “The Ghana – France relationship is about better facing the
challenges of the day and preparing for a better future, which means
sustainable future for both countries, Europe and Africa at the same time.”

“That is what we want to achieve through
co-operation and peace and stability, economic development and cultural
diversity,” he said.

GNA

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