KAMPALA- The need to have quality education starts with the teachers. On Friday, October 16, 2020, the Embassy of France in Uganda has today signed a 25,000 euro Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Association of Teachers of French in Uganda (APFO) for the training of teachers of French on the new Uganda National Curriculum Development Center (UNCDC) French language syllabus for Ordinary and Advanced levels in secondary education.
Mr. Yves Mercier, Head of Cooperation at Embassy of France in Uganda, signed the agreement on behalf of the Embassy while Mr. Isevahani Muhindo, President of APFO, signed on behalf of the French teachers’ umbrella body.
The Embassy of France has made the promotion of French language and Francophone cultures a top priority and is working closely with the Ministry of Education and all the stakeholders to improve the place of French in the country, as a professional language of communication, education and culture for the youth, students, decision-makers, entrepreneurs, artists and sports personalities, among others.
In his remarks, Mr. Yves Mercier emphasized the important role of APFO in professionalizing French teaching in Uganda and reiterated the Embassy’s commitment to work with all the stakeholders to improve the quality of French language teaching in Uganda.
APFO is intends to use the fund to train national trainers on the new ‘O’ and ‘A’ level syllabus of the National Curriculum Development Center (NCDC), sensitize secondary school head teachers on the importance of offering French as a subject, and conduct regional training sessions for teachers of French in 260 schools from 13 regions of Uganda.
Describing this support as a success for French in Uganda, Mr. Muhindo thanked the Embassy of France for its continued support to teachers of French in Uganda through training and various scholarship programs.
“We are now 40 years, we started with Kampala but currently everywhere and our aim is to promote and defend the language in Uganda. We guide the teachers and students in primary, secondary and universities. The French embassy is our patron and remember in 1980 we joined the International Organization of French”. Muhindo said.
“We also have the prime minister, Hon Ruhakana Rugunda who has supported us always, and grateful to him as the association. Most of us are products of the embassy, it supports us financially, morally and recently visited president Museveni on that matter. The new syllabus will change from the bulky to precise and skilled one and automatically the teachers will improve and by so we are producing jobs”. Muhindo added.
He also promised that they are not going to disappoint them and pledged their support since it is not about today but the future.
According to Mr. Henry Adramunguni, the In-charge of foreign languages at the NCDC, the new syllabus focuses on the learners’ skills and practicability of the language. He requested the Embassy to help avail teachers and learners with the relevant teaching materials.
Within the perspective of relaunching French in Uganda, the Embassy of France has recently signed a similar MoU with Bonjour Kampala, the first francophone web radio in the country to promote French using new technology and with Alliance Française de Kampala to train over 60 journalists and tour guides under its French for professionals program. Relatedly, two Ugandan singers, Iryn Namubiru and Suzan Kerunen were named Ambassadors for French language in Uganda.
The Embassy is set to support more stakeholders including Universities where French is offered, namely; Makerere University Kampala, Makerere Business School, Kyambogo University and Kabale University.
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