GAFT National Congress 2016
The Ghana Association of French Teachers (GAFT) held its national yearly congress from 29th August to 3rd September in Lomé, Togo. Over 280 teachers from all over Ghana attended the Congress. During the week, they participated in seminars, training workshops, tied new relations and shared ideas on their projects.They also enjoyed the francophone immersion to practice French in situ.Indeed, for the first time in its history, the national congress was held at CIREL-Village du Bénin (International Center for research and studies of language), located in the heart of Lomé University.
The President of GAFT, Philippe Daischer-Neequaye, the director of the village of Benin, Martin Gbenouga, the first Counsellor of the Embassy of Ghana in Togo and the marketing officer of Togocell gave a welcome message.
After expressing warm regards and encouragements on behalf of the Ambassador of France to Ghana, the cooperation attaché for French officially launched the numeric platform IFprofs GHANA, aimed at all educators who use French as well as GAFT since it is a partner of the platform, along with the CREF (regional centers for the teaching of French) and Alliances françaises network in Ghana.
The cooperation attaché for French also introduced the worldwide promotional campaign on French language "Et en plus, je parle français !"(What’s more, I speak French !) created by Institut Français as well as the TV5 Monde program "Destination Francophonie", filmed in Ghana, highlighting Ghanaian initiatives in that field.
Chief Togbui Roger Koffi Dzigobi TOFFA VIII, former French teacher and Head of Alliance française in Tema, made an allocution on the theme of the congress:"French a tool for action and sharing."
The Head of the Institut de Français in Togo, Edwige Sauzon-Bouit, and the Head of the Language Departement at Alliance française Accra, Ayi Anyitey Sowa,spoke about the various courses they offer students and teachers as well as the French language placement tests offered at their institution (such as DELF or TCF exams).
Pedagogical workshops focused on:
- IFprofs Ghana – Embassy of France et Daniel Awaitey (CREF)
- Netvibes, Dr Anthony de Souza (Cape Coast University)
- Teaching of "spelling”, Essenam Cecilia Akakpo (University of Education Winneba)
- Evolutions in the teaching of French as foreign language, Dr EdemBakah (Universityof Cape Coast)
Teachers also had the opportunity to visit Lomé and Institut Français du Togo.
The Embassy of France is happy to support the GAFT which organizes annual teacher training programs and stimulating activities such as “Lire en fête” (“Reading is fun”) to improve the quality of the teaching of French in Ghana.
We wish all French teachers in Ghana a great new and pedagogically rich academic year.