Written by Godfrey AKON

CFTD trains over 300 French teachers in 61 COEs


As the third Nigerian French Language Project winds down, the Minister of State for Education, Prof Anthony Anwukah, has said over 300 French teachers have been trained by the Centre for French Teaching and Documentation, CFTD, in 61 Colleges of Education.

Anwukah, who described French language as one of the key international languages, said since Nigeria adopted French as its second official language, in collaboration with the French Government, the country has implemented two French Projects.

The Minister spoke in Abuja during a visit by a French Expert on Evaluation, Mrs. E. Berard, as part of the ceremony for the closure of the third Funding Agreement between France and Nigeria earlier signed in 2015.

Under the project, 20 teachers of French in COEs who were outstanding at the CFTDs were sent to France for further training from 17th July to 11th August 2017, while fifteen lecturers were trained on the methodology of teaching French for business at the French Institute in Abuja for two weeks and one week in France.

Anwuka said the Nigerian school curriculum encourages the study and mastery of other languages to afford its graduates greater mobility in the international labour market, adding that the study of French was important to Nigeria in particular because most of the country’s neighbours are French-speaking.

Also speaking, the visiting French Evaluation expert, Berard, said the third French project which commenced in 2014, gulped €500,000 Euros.

According to her, 38 trainings were organized for 300 lecturers from 61 colleges of education between 2015 and 2017.

She noted that all the states in the South West, South-South and South East participated in the training with the exception of Ebonyi state which has no French programme in its college of education.


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