GHANA FRENCH HIGH SCHOOL TOUR
PAINTING GHANA IN FRENCH; A UG FRENCH CLUB INITIATIVE
For a country like Ghana, French should be just as important as English. The country is neighbored by French-speaking countries and due to the inability of most Ghanaians to speak French, it has become difficult to dominate, neighboring markets, talk less of other French-speaking countries around the world.
Ghanaians’ learning and speaking French will open doors for employment and potential markets for our local businesses.
Which is why the University of Ghana French Club (UGFC) has come up with the initiative to tour second cycle schools in order to expand their knowledge in French and help create opportunities for the next generation.
According to the UG French Club President, Gilles Ametepe, the maiden edition will take off in Accra, 9th March 2018 at St. Thomas Aquinas. Other schools they will be visiting in the first edition include but are not limited to Accra Wesley Girls, Seven Great Princes Academy, and Accra Academy.
The month of March was chosen because march is actually the month of French. March 20th marks the international Francophonie day as well as the UN French language day. These celebrations come with a lot of events all in the month of March)
The tour will include some interesting activities….cultural performances by UGFC‘s members, essay competitions and personalities such as Ambassador Aggrey Orleans, Ghana’s former ambassador to the Uk and Mr. William Manful, executive assistant to the president, in charge of government relations will share their experiences with students and also how much the French language has impacted their lives.
In their quest to promote French in Ghana, the UGFC has undertaken other impactful projects, like Legon in French, where the club shared their knowledge with students of the University of Ghana via social media.
Gilles Ametepe believes that French is that special thing Ghana needs to stand out in the world, so we can compete with the Italians, Russians, and other Nationalities.
The project is one that the club hopes will last for a long time and our prayers are with them.
If we want to give the Ghanaian youth an upper hand in the world, let’s give them a second language, let’s give them French.
In Gilles’ own words, “ French is the future, let’s conquer it today”.