Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey says the decision to obtain French as a second language is a major concern of the Government of Ghana, in line with national priorities.
She reiterated plans by government to include the promotion of the learning of French in basic schools and across all other levels of learning, as part of a general reform of Ghana’s education sector.
The Hon. Foreign Minister however, regretted the inadequate number of French teachers in the country and limited learning and teaching materials, encouraging more participation and support in this area.
“We believe that the extensive teaching and learning of French will inure to the benefit of Ghana as we are bordered by three Francophone countries; namely, Togo, Burkina Faso and La Cote d’Ivoire”, the Hon. Foreign Minister stressed.
She intimated that prioritizing the French language in Ghana has become even more necessary now so as to further enhance relations for better cooperation at all levels with the country’s Francophone partners.
The Ghanaian Foreign Minister opined that government’s strong participation in this year’s Francophonie week celebrations also lends credence to the continued desire of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for Ghana to become a full Member of La Francophonie, since becoming an Associate Member in 2006.
“To that end, the President has appointed a Senior Presidential Staffer and French scholar, Dr. Stephen Adawen Syme, as the Focal Person for the coordination of La Francophonie activities in Ghana to ensure a seamless transition”, Hon. Ayorkor Botchwey told the gathering .
The objectives of La Francophonie include the promotion of peace and good governance, support for education, training and research, and promotion of the French language and cultural diversity, values the Hon. Foreign Minister is convinced is equally espoused by Ghana.
Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey expressed the hope for continued support by the Council of La Francophonie Ambassadors for their contribution towards the development of the French language and La Francophonie in Ghana.