Director of Alliance Francaise de la Dominique, Stanislas Riener, is making a case for the French language to be included in the national curriculum.
According to Riener, one third of the island’s visitors are French thus there is potential for the French market in Dominica.
“In Dominica, 26,000 French citizens visit the island… this represents one third of the tourist population per year,” he said on Wednesday. “This gives you an actual idea of the potential of the French market here in Dominica and is proof that there is a reason for the young generation who will enter the professional world to include the French language as a part of their curriculum.”
The Director also pointed out that Martinique’s entry into the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) creates opportunities in commerce, tourism, culture and academia.
“And also on a larger scale, since the French language is the second official language used for regional meetings within CARICOM,” he stressed.
To further make his case, Riener mentioned that learning French gives the opportunity to expand horizons and to gain access to French Universities “which are free of charge.”
“Or to pursue one’s professional goals in French-speaking countries such as France or Canada,” Riener noted.
He also said common understanding between Dominica and the French islands is being sought by creating exchanges for secondary school students especially with Martinique, which is a signatory of an educational agreement between the Ministry of Education in Dominica, the French embassy and the Alliance Française.