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Some 12,000 French language teachers will be trained in new play-based learning methods (Olivier Poivre d’Arvor))

“Some 12,000 French language teachers in primary and secondary education in public schools will benefit from an accelerated 15-day course during the summer holidays of 2018-2019 and 2020,” said France’s ambassador in Tunis Olivier Poivre d’Arvor at a meeting with the press at the end of French President Emanuel Macron’s State visit last week to Tunisia (January 31-February 1).

The participants will be trained by French people in new play-based learning methods using the digital.

“The goal of this project, carried out in partnership with the Ministry of Education, is to improve the level and quality of education so that parents will have confidence in the public system,” he pointed out, specifying that 4.5 million dinars will be allocated to this programme.

The ambassador estimated that there is a growing demand for private French schools in Tunisia whose number is currently limited.

“We plan to develop this network in partnership with private investors and a French homologation to open in the next 5 to 10 years prep-schools and high schools in Sousse in Sfax and may be in Bizerte, after the recent creation of a new primary school in Djerba, Tunis and three in Sfax,” he added.

Olivier Poivre Olivier recalled that five other alliances stemming from the Alliance Francaise Foundation will be opened in 2018, following the inauguration last week of the 1st one in Ariana, in Greater Tunis.

The other alliances will be created in Gafsa, Kairouan, Bizerte, Djerba and Gabes and will be points of contact with the Tunisian civil society.

The ambassador underlined that the opening of each centre requires an amount worth 500 thousand dinars, pointing out that these alliances will have three missions, namely learning the French language, delivering diplomas and certifications and reinforcing cultural exchanges.

“In two years, we intend to double the number of French- language learners from 10 thousand to 20 thousand so that by 2020 Tunisia is much more comfortable with the French language and can host the summit of the Francophonie in the best possible conditions,” he indicated, adding that another fund “I express myself in French” is available to encourage the French-speaking press in Tunisia.

The ambassador also mentioned the creation by 2019 of a French-Tunisian university to help Tunisia become an educational platform for all Africa and at the same time encourage young Tunisians not to leave their country.

“Since 2011, the number of Tunisian students in France has been steadily increasing and we are currently registering 13,000 new Tunisian students enrolled in French universities each year and if we accept all requests we could reach 30,000,” he explains.

Olivier Poivre d’Arvor pointed out that courses within the framework of this university will be given in the existing universities in Tunisia according to specialties and sectors.

“There will be, however, a campus that will house cultural and sports activities, catering and may be housing students coming from inland areas,” he specified, noting that the university’s status will be public and private limited companies that will provide a double certificate.

Source: TAP News Agency

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