French language and culture - Inauguration by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne of the Institut de la Francophonie pour l’éducation et la formation (Dakar, 12.10.17)

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will take part in the inauguration of the Institut de la Francophonie pour l’éducation et la formation in Dakar, in the presence of President Macky Sall. Michaelle Jean, Secretary-General of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, and Nadine Patricia Anguile, Gabonese Minister of National Education and Technical Training, will also take part in this event.

The purpose of the Institut de la Francophonie pour l’éducation et la formation is to address the challenge of providing good quality education in French for everyone in Africa, while the number of French speakers on the continent is expected to grow very rapidly between now and 2050, bringing the number of French speakers around the world to more than 700 million. It should also meet the vocational training needs of an ever-increasing number of French teachers and economic stakeholders.

This institute is the result of a partnership between the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, (IOF), the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (Francophone University Agency), Senghor University in Alexandria and the Conferences of Ministers of Education, Youth and Sport of French-Speaking Countries. It notably has the support of the World Bank, the Global Partnership for Education and the French Development Agency.

France is represented within the Institut de la Francophonie pour l’éducation et la formation. It is heavily involved in francophone educational programs and has committed €20 billion since 2011 through the French Development Agency to OIF programs in the educational field. It will continue this effort in order to ensure the implementation of major projects in the area of education.

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