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16-May-2018  
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The Minister for Education and MP for Manhyia South, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has underscored Ghana’s commitment to promoting the teaching and learning of French as a second official language in the country.

The Minister was speaking at a ceremony in Paris, France, where a linguistic pact was signed between Ghana and the International Organisation of the Francophone for improved technical support and capacity building for the teaching and learning of French in Ghana.

In attendance was Ghana’s Ambassador to France, H.E. Anna Bossman, other members of the Diplomatic Corps, and the leadership of the organisation. The Ghanaian delegation also included officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Francophone is a gathering of French-speaking countries around the world, whose objectives are to promote peace and good governance, to support education, training and research, and to promote the French language and cultural diversity.

Dr. Prempeh noted in his remarks that in September 2006 in Bucharest, Romania, Ghana acceded to the Francophone as an associate member to contribute to the attainment of the noble goals the organisation set for itself. Our accession was steered by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who was then Ghana’s Foreign Minister.

Explaining that Ghana was surrounded by French-speaking countries and that most ECOWAS countries had French as their official language, he stressed that strategically, it was in Ghana’s interests to pursue the teaching learning of French to enable the country benefit more from the West African sub region.

He outlined some of the government’s policies in promoting French, which include introduction of French in a number of professional and technical-oriented universities, provision of resources in public libraries to enable learning of French with a degree of autonomy, celebration by the University of Ghana of Francophone Day with seminars and conferences to create awareness of the language, and initial talks with French TV stations to extend their broadcasting services to Ghana.

Dr. Prempeh further pointed to an insufficient number of French teachers and a limited number of learning and teaching materials as the main challenges facing government in pursuit of its policy on the French language.

“Ghana deeply appreciates the sterling work being done by this organisation in its goals…We share in these aims and values, and look forward to playing an important role in their realisation. It is my conviction that the signing of this pact will pose a significant landmark in our effort to build bridges between the people of Ghana and the people of the larger community of Francophone” the minister said

 





 
 
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Name: truth
Sick suggestion. English Language is tough enough for those children to understand. Why not do the same us Chinese by using Ghanaian language. Stomach reasoning. The few aid to help build Ghana is making you lack deeper thinking. Anyway this you call post is TEMPORAL.
 
Name: Oh mama Africa
Ever wonder why Africans were enslaved?, it was because of characters like this house negro who aided the Europeans to kidnaped our ancestors and shipped them overseas and tortured them. Do you think France will permit francophone countries in Africa to adopt English as thier even third language?. No wonder African blacks are the least respected people in the world, why not adopt Hausa, Swahili as a second language?, at least we will be creating a new world language. Why do we keep selling our pride and dignity for peanut?, France is laughing because psychologically they are getting another colony. This time it wasn’t by any force but by the f000ly of our so called doctors. Arabs are also on thier way, so are the Chinese and Indians.
 
Name: Poverti
Reading these posts makes one realize the sad reality of our nation - i was just wondering where else in the world, Twi, Ga, Ewe, or Dagbani is spoken in the classroom, boardroom, hospital, international organizations, etc. For those of us who were lucky to have had the opportunity to also study French and German during secondary school, i thank the education ministry for this small favor. The benefits have been immense and I advise the younger ones even the older folks, to aim at being multi-lingual, if the opportunity presents itself. The benefits are immeasurable and to not listen to pea-brains. I wonder what the growth levels of Ghanaian businesses will be if they were able to operate in passable or fluent French in these markets around us. If French is a dead language, then surely, you and people who think like you, absolutely need a lobotomy!
 
Name: ###asem
look at you people, you better read and broaden your horizon. Have you been reading the international news at all? what are they going to use with the Ghanaian language? which country in the world trades with Ghanaian language. You sit there and have access to the internet and don't read. You will end up being like the man behind your village
 
Name: asem
That will help the children a lot in the era in which we are. If possible, add Hispanic.
 
Name: Street Talk
waaaah Listen to this boolu boolu Napo too. No wonder he's a Veterinary doctor so he reasons like an ***barred word***.
 
Name: Jac
This is ***barred word*** at the highest level. Is the minister of education (Dr.) advocating for French as second Ghanaian official language? Does he have brain or cassava dough in his head? We have not been able to develop our local languages and we are now going for French. I don't think God is so ***barred word*** to have given us languages. The so-called minister must resign because he does not understand the Ghana beyond aid agenda. We exchange our cultural and integrity for the white mans money. Disgraceful minister! If the education minister will think like this, then Ghana is destroyed beyond remedy.
 
Name: nana k
why dont we speak our own language minister? have you ever seen a french man speaking twi/ewe/ga etc? a nation who doesn't use his own language will never develop tell me a first world nation speaking someone's language?
 
Name: Agya
Somebody should tell the Minister that we don't need French for anything. We should rather encourage every educated Ghanaian to be literate in, at least, one Ghanaian language in addition to our official language, English. English is now the global language in this global village. One third of the world’s population speaks English. 75% of the television programmes are produced in English. 95% of the United Nations conferences and meetings are conducted in English. 80% of information on the Internet is presented in English.
 
Name: Kwaku Anarfi
Aoo!!!Poverty will kill this nation!
 



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