BY DAYO ADESULU
The Rivers State Ministry of Education has said that the study of French Language will provide the students in the state an opportunity to learn other foreign languages outside the English Language.
The Commissioner for Education, Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi disclosed this while on an inspection tour of facilities at the new site of Alliance Francaise at the Amadi Flats in Port Harcourt.
Lawrence-Nemi said; “The world is now a global village and the need to give our students an alternative was necessary. The project when completed, will enable Rivers people to have access to the facilities in the institute especially those who want to learn the French Language.
She pointed out that the Ministry of Education has been collaborating with French Institute in the area of teacher training and organising summer holiday school for pupils and students in the state.
“We have been working with them since I became the Commissioner for Education. We have sent quite a number of our teachers for courses and also have sent our students on holiday tours and summer schools to enable them speak the French language. You know the world is now a global village and the need to give our students the opportunity to learn an alternative foreign language outside English was necessary”, she said.
On his part, the Consul- General of France in Lagos, Francois Sastourne said the French Institute has a very good cooperation with the Ministry of Education and believes that the partnership will bring positive results.
His words: “It is a very good thing that we have very good cooperation with the Government of Rivers State and the Commissioner for Education on this issue of developing French Language. There has been a long standing cooperation but in the years past, there have been few hitches especially on the location of the premises of Alliance Francaise but this has been resolved. We now have a new place which is going to be completed soon and we should bring new phase to the teaching of French language in Port Harcourt and Eastern Nigeria.”
In her remarks, the Director, Alliance Francaise in Port Harcourt Helene Geneau-Okutue said the partnership with the ministry has been very fruitful.
She said the institute has trained some French teachers in Rivers State-owned schools and stated that they will continue to promote the study of the language in the state.