Dominica celebrates 40th Anniversary of the International Organisation for La Francophonie

PRESS RELEASE: Dominica proudly joins 56 other MemberStates and Governments and 14 observers of the International Organisation for La Francophonie in celebrating the Organisation’s 40th anniversary this year.

The National Commission for La Francophonie (CNF), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alliance Francaise de la Dominique, the Dominica Association of Foreign Language Teachers and French Teachers of Primary and Secondary schools have organized a number of French-related activities which began in the month of February with a competition on the DBS radio programme FRANCOFUN hosted by Marvo Didier Samuel.

Other events include French Day for Secondary school students to be held at the NorthEastComprehensiveSecondary School, Londonderry, on March 19, a Consultation on the United Nations Convention on Cultural Diversity on March 24th and the publication of a commemorative magazine.

The highlight of this year’s celebration of International Francophone Day on March 20th is a new programme entitled CNF Adopts-A-School. This involves the creation of a French Room at a Primary School, to encourage the learning of the French language and to create greater exposure to the cultural diversity of Francophone countries.  The National Commission for La Francophonie has selected the RoseauPrimary School, where a classroom will be repaired, painted, decorated, furnished and labeled the French Room.

Additionally, a number of long-serving and outstanding teachers of the French language will be recognized at an Awards Ceremony / Francophone Soiree to be hosted by the National Commission on Friday March 26.

Dominica has been a Member State of the International Organisation for La Francophonie since December 1979.

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  1. hope
    March 23, 2010

    Thanks Sonia Magloire and all the others in Da who are trying to keep the ‘la Francophonie’ links alive.
    I thought French was the 2nd official language: imagine we sing in CREOLE, in many of the villages and towns we communicate in creole AND SOMETIMES IT’S ONLY IN CREOLE, I think the French language deserves a better place than that. It should be given its right place. It’s more than time! What are we waiting for to make it the 2nd official language? MERCI!!!!!

  2. judith pestaina
    March 22, 2010

    Congratulations to all those French speaking Dominicans who continue to keep La Francophonie links alive…. especially to Sonia Magloire-Akpa Correspondant National de la Dominique .. It is time French became our official second language or is that now being revised by other competing languages as our foreign relations evolve???

    Judith Garraway-Pestaina
    Former Correspondant National

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