The Ghana Scholarships Secretariat has welcomed selected students from various French colleges in Ghana, who traveled to France to improve on their French language.
The French students in Ghana had the rare opportunity to be sponsored by the Ghana Scholarships Secretariat for the five months study of French in France.
The gesture was as a result of the agreement signed between the Ghana and French governments to support students from the French colleges, who will in future train young children at the basic level in Ghana.
“I must say that these are the first completed selected students from the various French colleges in Ghana,” the Deputy Director, Ghana Scholarships Secretariat, Priscilla Boadi, said in her remarks.
Standing in for her boss, Mad Priscilla Boadi indicated that the programme showed the commitment of President Akufo-Addo to develop the French language from the basic level of education in Ghana.
As such, she observed that the governments of Ghana and France signed the agreement to achieve that objective.
She said: “In fact, the President wants to see the development of all levels and areas of education. His commitment to French studies arose from the day he announced Ghana being a full member of the international organisation of the La Francophonie, followed by his major policy on mainstreaming the French language right from basic level of education in Ghana.”
La Francophonie is a group of 88 states and member governments and observers that share French as a common language, as well as values in common. It is an important player in international relations that represents 1 billion people, including 300 million Francophones, on the five continents.
The Deputy Director continued that: “In order to achieve this objective, France and Ghana governments signed a joint agreement to support students from the French training colleges, who will further train our young children at the basic level in Ghana.”
Speaking at the brief ceremony in Accra on Tuesday to welcome them, Agbesi Koku Lomor, one of the beneficiaries of the initiative, expressed gratitude on behalf of his colleagues to the Scholarships Secretariat, the Ghana Embassy in France and French Embassy in Ghana.
He opined that there would be some significant changes in their teaching of French, following the five months training in France.
Agbesi described the programme as a very good one that will complement their skills in the French language.
He said they will not disappoint the government for the initiative it has taken and will certainly show that they had not gone to France to play.
“On January 7, we set off from Ghana to France and we started interactions with officials of the university. They took us through a lot of things. The semester started on February 8 and ended on May 28. In fact, we have learnt a lot,” Agbesi narrated.
He continued that: “I would wish to speak French as a small demonstration of what we have learnt but the environment does not permit me to do so. So, I will swallow that for now. I will say that there would be a very significant difference when any of us here get on the field when we talk about the delivery because we have learnt different things which we will implement here.”
To him, “It is a very good thing that we have benefitted from. We want to use this opportunity to thank the Ghana Scholarships Secretariat, the France Embassy in Ghana, the Ghana Embassy in France, and then Campus France for all the support, the guidelines they have given us from day one we started the application till we are back today.”
“We are really grateful for that and we believe that we will never disappoint the government for this initiative. We will certainly show that we have not gone there to play. But, the main reason for which we had been sent there will be surely fulfilled,” he said.
The beneficiaries presented citations to the Ghana Scholarships Secretariat, the French Embassy in Ghana, the Ghana Embassy in France and the Campus France.