The French Language is the focus of the 2016 Francophonie Festival
Many events have been dedicated to the French language as part of the francophonie festivities:
Two French competitions are organised for students on one hand and senior high school students on the other hand:
The Grand Francophonie competition targets students in the universities and comprises of two categories: “the specialists” and “the non-specialists”. For those who come out first, the final round is held at Alliance Française Accra and they compete against University of Cape Coast and University of Winneba. The final competition made up of “non-specialists” gathers the Wa and Navrongo campuses of the University of Development Studies (UDS), UMaT, UENR and KNUST at Alliance Française Kumasi on Saturday 19th March. The two laureates won a 2 week language and cultural trip to France in July.
Competitions for Senior High School students are organised in the entire country by the Centres regionaux pour l’enseignement du francais (Regional Centres for Teaching French) (CREF) and 10 candidates competed against each other during the finals in Accra on 18th March. The winners took away a laptop (1st price), a tablet (2nd price) and a mobile phone (3rd price), the others received a dictionary as well as children’s books (comic and story books). The teachers were also awarded for their efforts with teaching materials and t-shirts.
Arts and theatre performances were done by the Mount Mary College of Education French Club.
These students who are destined to become teachers gave remarkable sketches and short dramas, songs, poems and dance in a festive and lively atmosphere.
Employment and Entrepreneurial Forum
This Forum which gathered students, young graduates and companies took place on 18th March at Alliance Française Accra, right after the Francophonie Competition. It enabled students to interact with representatives from different companies, and enabled companies to promote their activities.
A round table meeting was also organised with the aim of inciting the youths’ interest to create their companies, particularly to deal with the difficulty in finding a classic job. The four speakers who were invited shared their experience as well as their initiatives which could benefit the youth.
- Abdel-Rahim Siddique, Human Resource Manager at Total Ghana gave a presentation on “The Total Africa Start-up Challenge”
- Samuel Incoom, President of the Suisse-Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Director General of several companies.
- Amidjo Adopo, Director of the infosdaccra.com website
- Anthony Kosi Dortumor, co-founder of Limceps Ghaha, language trips.
Read more: http://www.ambafrance-gh.org/Le-forum-emploi-et-d-entreprenariat-au-coeur-de-la-francophonie