The government says it is committed to deepening ties with the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) towards strengthening the teaching and learning of French in the country.
The move is to promote and expand the teaching and learning of the French language by enhancing the pedagogical and didactic skills of French teachers in institutions across the country.
The Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, who disclosed this in Accra last Friday lauded OIF and other French agencies contributing towards the teaching and learning of the French language in various institutions in the country.
Dr Adutwum announced this in an address read for him on Friday at the closing session of a one-week capacity-building workshop organised for volunteer teachers and their peers from the Regional Centres for the Teaching of
French, Bilingual Schools’ pilot project and the Colleges of Education with French option.
A total of 42 French teachers benefitted from the training organised by the OIF which was aimed at strengthening the pedagogical and didactic skills of the volunteers and their Ghanaian peers.
The education minister indicated that frantic effort was being made by the government towards the teaching and learning of the French language in the country.
Dr Adutwum mentioned that promoting bilingual education was to create a peaceful environment where Ghanaian languages will peacefully cohabitate with the French language through inter-comprehension with the English language.
The Coordinator of the CREF network, Ms Rennie YOTOVA, said the training was a good platform for all the teachers to share ideas and learn new things from their peers.
She explained that, the capacity building was within the framework of the training sessions organised under the flagship project “Mobility of teachers of and in French”, by the OIF in partnership with the Ministry of Education in collaboration with CAVILAM-Alliance Française.
Ms YOTOVA urged the participants to take a keen interest in the training offered to them and make sure they make good use of the knowledge acquired during the training towards improving effective teaching and learning in Ghana and the rest of the world.
The French Coordinator at the Ministry of Education, Mr Tchitchi KONDO-AYIGA, hinted at plans to set up a similar training model next year aimed at developing oral skills in French as a Foreign Language classroom that will be subsequently scaled up on the same model in 2024 via the CREFs network.
He stated that everything possible would be done to ensure that more training programmes were offered to French teachers and other stakeholders towards enhancing the speaking and writing of the French language in Ghana and the rest of the world.
The CAVILAM Alliance Française de Vichy, France, Ms Hélène ÉMILE, recounted the various benefits countries could derived from speaking and writing the French language.
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