At the instigation of Catherine Colonna, the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has launched consultations on the future of French education abroad. Open to all those working in the sector, they will take the form of an online survey, from 27 March to 16 April 2023, and direct talks held with representatives from every category of stakeholders in April and May 2023.
«The French education abroad network has grown significantly, in line with the objectives set five years ago by President Macron in his plan for the French language and multilingualism, spearheaded by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and implemented by the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE). This network works for our citizens living outside of France. It is also a major instrument for our country’s outreach to young people worldwide who build a strong relationship with France.
It is important to take stock of progress made so far to help us advance on the course we have set for ourselves for 2030. With this in mind, we are launching consultations on French education abroad in which you are all invited to take part.
With this online survey, which you can fill out as of today, you can share your vision for our network and the best way we can continue to develop it. Your responses will provide the basis for discussions that your representatives will conduct in working groups over the next three years. I am entrusting this work to Olivier Becht, Minister Delegate for French Nationals Abroad. Your participation and the ensuing discussions will help us draw conclusions that will directly contribute to achieving this ambition and help us determinedly move towards the future. »
The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, together with the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFA) and the Ministry of National Education and Young People, is holding consultations on French education abroad from Monday, 27 March to June 2023.
Wide-ranging consultations with all of the network’s stakeholders
In the first stage of consultations, an online survey for all those working on French education abroad can be taken at this address: https://fdip.fr/ConsultationEFE.
It is open to everyone and particularly those working in French education abroad, including:
- French education abroad staff,
- Students’ parents,
- Management bodies and investors,
- Embassies (ambassadors, cooperation and cultural action sections and consulates),
- Representatives of French nationals abroad (parliament members and French nationals abroad councillors)
A second stage of direct discussions conducted by Olivier Becht, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade, Economic Attractiveness and French Nationals Abroad, will be held in a hybrid format based on three working groups made up of representatives from the sector.
A third stage of conclusions will be conducted in late June-early July 2023 in a meeting of the Interministrial Steering Committee for French Education Abroad, jointly chaired by Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna, Minister of National Education and Young People Pap N’Diaye and Minister Delegate Olivier Becht.
It will take stock of the Development Plan as well as report on ideas for its improvement found discussed during the consultations, to ensure that it is effectively implemented and achieve ambitious outcomes.