Picture: The French Ambassador,His Excellency Pujolas Francois (2nd left) interacting with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. George K. T. Oduro. With them are the Registrar, Mr. Kofi Nyan (right); Head, Department of French (middle) and Mrs. Francois (2nd left).
The French Ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency Pujolas Francois has affirmed the French Embassy’s commitment to support the University of Cape Coast to promote teaching and learning of the French Language. Mr. Francois announced the establishment of Alliance Francѐ at UCC to offer training in French Proficiency to the general public. He also indicated that the Embassy has extended scholarship opportunities for students in other disciplines to pursue further studies. The French Ambassador made these remarks when he called on the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. George K. T. Oduro as part of his visit to meet some Faculties in the University. He noted that the French Embassy and the Ministry of Education would soon roll out a programme to build the capacity of French teachers at the second cycle level. He pledged to assist in the establishment of “Campus France” to serve as the first contact for students who wish to pursue further studies in France. Responding, Prof. Oduro commended the French Embassy for the numerous assistance to the University and noted that “through your support UCC has very effective and efficient French lecturers to support the University. He prayed that the fruitful relationship with UCC would be sustained adding “We know that anytime we knock on your door, you will not hesitate to assist us.” Prof. Oduro appealed to the Ambassador to establish a French Clinic for the University Basic Schools. “Some of us did not get the opportunity to take advantage of French at that level so it is my hope that the French Language would be promoted at that level so that the children will grow with it.” He said that Ghana should be able to take advantage of opportunities available in the three neighbouring French speaking countries by promoting and showing keen interest in the language, especially in the education sector. The French Ambassador was accompanied by his wife and the head, Department of French, Dr. Edem K. Bakah. Present at the meeting was the Registrar, Mr. John Kofi Nyan.