The Project of Reinforcement of French language and Francophonie in Ghana (PROFF) that will take place in 2021 and 2022 has been signed between Ghana and France.
This project aims at strengthening the presence of the French language in Ghana; supporting the implementation of the Linguistic Pact between the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) and Ghana of May 2018; and contributing to the development of high-quality French language teaching and learning in the public system at all levels.
He said that the project being launched was therefore special in its kind since it reaffirms Governments’ commitment to reinforcing the Francophone environment in the country.
Dr. Adutwum indicated that Ghana’s ultimate goal was to establish a model bilingual school with a fully equipped language laboratory, a library and a qualified teaching staff, noting that it would be the beginning of a new generation of bilingual Ghanaian entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, medical doctors, diplomats, market negotiators, etc. who will be ready to practice anywhere in the world.
The Minister stated that Ghana, as a member of La Francophonie, needed to create a Francophone environment in order to take full advantage of the opportunities that exist out there, and that the promotion of the French language was in the economic interest of Ghana.
H.E. Anne Sophie AVÉ, Ambassador of France to Ghana stated that the agreement was meant to reaffirm their commitment to equitable popularization of the French language in Ghana’s educational system and especially in the promotion of STEM.
She noted that a new French curriculum for Science, Mathematics, Home Economics, Agriculture, Visual Arts subjects, dubbed “non-specialist SHS” will be developed for non-General Arts students adding that will afford them the opportunity to study French in their area of specialisation.
The Ambassador indicated that as part of its objective of regional integration, i.e., economic, cultural and political, the French Embassy was in support of Ghana in the promotion of the French language within its borders in order to reinforce its link with its direct and undirect neighbours of the West African region.
She outlined some of the major activities being undertaken as Drafting of a French-as-a-Foreign Language textbook for primary and middle schools; Reinforcement of the initial training of future French teachers in the six Colleges of Education that train them in Ghana; Creation of languages labs in the 6 Colleges of Education; Semester abroad in France for the 8 best students of Colleges of Education; Continuing education and training for 200 teachers in 2019 and 2020 of the Regional Centres for the Teaching of French (CREF).