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Ghana, France sign financing agreement


Ghana and France have signed a financing agreement in Accra on a Solidarity Priority Fund Project to provide training in French as a foreign language.

The total amount for the Solidarity Priority Fund, 700,000 euros, is expected to develop and improve the teaching of the French language to meet the needs of learners in the pre-tertiary, tertiary and public service sectors in Ghana.

The Education Minister, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, signed on behalf of the Government of Ghana, whilst His Excellency, Francois Pujolas, French Ambassador to Ghana, initialed for his country

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang emphasizing the importance of language, acknowledged that knowledge is mainly acquired or transmitted through language, which functions in many forms, such as verbal and non-verbal.

Language, she also observed, is a fundamental function of humans for understanding, communicating and tolerating one another, adding that language is key to every learning process.

Education also allows learners to be equipped with linguistic skills to carry out myriad activities, tasks, and responsibilities in real life situations.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang noted that it was for this reason that Government had stated its policy on the study of the child’s mother tongue as a beginner in education before moving towards competency in English.

“With time, French has become the second foreign language studied in Ghana’s educational institutions”, she acknowledged.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang disclosed that the Ministry had set up a Working Group on the promotion of French in Ghana to brainstorm on strategies of making the study of French more attractive to students and to mitigate the perception that French is a difficult subject.

She acknowledged the efforts of the Government of France in the teaching and learning of French in the country, citing the Mount Mary College of Education, which has been receiving support from France over the years.

H. E. Francois Pujolas, said the signing of the agreement between the two countries would support the teaching and learning of French in Ghana by training French teachers.

He stated that the signing of the agreement was a response to the desire of His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama, to promote the teaching and learning of French in Ghana following discussions with his French. Counterpart, President Hollande.

Present at the signing ceremony were the Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. Enoch H. Cobbina,, Director of Basic Education, representing the Director General of the Ghana Education Service, Mrs. Cynthia Bosumtwi-Sam, the Head of Cooperation, France Embassy, Jean Luc Mure, the Attache for French, Julie Fournier, the Coordinator of the French Secretariat of the Ministry, Mr. Louis Gminguole and other Directors of the Ministry.

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