REMARKS BY THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION, HON. DR. MATTHEW OPOKU PREMPEH, AT THE PRESENTATION OF VARIOUS MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT BY THE EMBASSY OF FRANCE IN ACCRA, ON FRIDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER 2020
Her Excellency, H. E Anne Sophie AVÉ, Ambassador of the Republic of France to Ghana
The Deputy Minister of Education (TVET)
Directors of the Ministry of Education
Officials from the Embassy of France in Ghana
Our Friends in the Media
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen
It is a pleasure to welcome you all to the Ministry of Education for this brief ceremony.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the current trend towards international co-operation, peaceful co-existence and technology transfer, necessitates that a person be able to communicate in a language that is understood by his or her neighbours. An ability able to communicate in at least two major international languages has strategic importance in such areas as commerce and industry, science and technology, telecommunication, diplomacy, management etc.
Geographically, Ghana is surrounded by three French-speaking countries, with the sea bordering us on the south. In the West African sub-region, Ghana is one of only five English- speaking countries, with the majority of countries in the sub-region being French-speaking so it particularly imperative and in our national interest to take the learning of French important, as this will give our country huge advantage and leverage in trade and commerce. It is in that respect that we have signed a Linguistic Pact with the International Organisation of la Francophonie in May 2018 and we are currently implementing an Action Plan for the country.
Ghana is keen to promote the French language in our centres of learning and various policies have been envisaged in this direction. Key amongst these policies are the reforms of school curricula, to include the teaching and learning of French at the primary level from B4 to B6 through a standard-based curriculum. The Common Core Programme yet to be launched will put more emphasis on an enhanced teaching and learning approach. Further, we have taken a step ahead of many countries to initiate a Bilingual School project on pilot basis, three years ago.
Your Excellency, Ghana and France have over the years enjoyed warm and cordial relations and cooperation in several fields of endeavour, including education, and today, we are witnessing yet another manifestation of this cooperation and support. On behalf of the Government of Ghana and my Ministry, I wish to express my gratitude for your continued support to the promotion of teaching and learning of French in our educational institutions. These teaching and learning ICT equipment and French manuals will go a long way to equip the language laboratories and classrooms of the six Colleges of Education and the 45 Bilingual Schools nationwide respectively.
I hope and pray that the next Solidarity Funds for Innovative Project will put more premium on the human resource development through the creation of Regional Centres for the Teaching of French in the newly created regions, and I look forward to this.
May our two countries continue to build on the successes of the past as we seek to deepen our friendship, and may Ghana’s quest to improve herself as a learning nation include the teaching and learning of French for the benefit of our people.
Thank you for your time.