Africa: Education Ministers Move To Promote National Languages, French

Education ministers from several African countries and the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) on Wednesday, in Bamako, the Malian capital, launched a language education project aimed at promoting African national languages alongside French, PANA reported from here.

The project, called ‘Ecoles et Langues Nationales (ELAN-Africa)’ is aimed at promoting and introducing bilingual education in primary schools built around an African language and French.

The project will be introduced in Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Niger, DR Congo, Senegal and Mali.

The launching ceremony followed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the OIF and the Ministers of Education from the countries involved in the project.

The project was co-sponsored by the French Agency for Development (AFD), the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the OIF and Francophone University Agency (AUF).

Source: Afrique en Ligue

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