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Journalists and Tour guides to get scholarship as French Embassy & AFK sign MOU

KAMPALA – The French Embassy In Uganda have on Friday, September 18, 2020 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Kampala with Alliance Francaise de Kampala (AFK) to support and improve the quality, diversity and culture in Uganda.

As part of the grant, AFK will use it to upgrade the level of teachers; acquire teaching resources, capacity building workshops, proficiency certifications among others.

At the same function hosted at Nakasero, over 34 Journalists and 32 tour guides were selected to study the French language on a full scholarship with support from the latter. The beginners program is scheduled to commence on September 28, 2020 and will be conducted virtually due to COVID- 19.

The French Ambassador to Uganda H.E Jules – Armand Aniambossou revealed that the French language is one of the most spoken across the globe and that journalists are key actors in information dissemination to the masses out there.

“As the Embassy, we are delighted that all our partners are here and are focused on the bigger role. We need more and more journalists to have them enroll in areas of Sports, News and Tourism among others areas.We can do alot as we plan for specialised training for the business people. We are looking at working not only in Kampala but also in areas such as Kabale, Mbarara, Gulu among others because there are many people who are willing to learn French”. He noted.

While addressing the media, Ms. Magaly Losange , the Courses director at Alliance Françoise de Kampala said  that  they  have been in Uganda for more than 50 years promoting the language as well as appreciation of the francophone cultures in Uganda. 

“Most people come to AFK knowing a few words for example  “bonjour” and now  they are good and formidable  speakers  of the French Language. We want to get it promoted beyond Kampala and through this Ugandans will be able to tell their stories with the Language.” she added.

In addition, there was key stakeholder such as representatives from Makerere University Business School (MUBS), Kyambogo University, Kabale University not forgetting Susan Kerunen and Irene Irene Namubiru who were unveiled as Ambassadors recently.

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