President Aja Fotoumatta Jallow-Tambajang has challenged the country’s young
people to take it upon themselves to learn and speak the French language,
saying French is not in competition with other languages but a choice to
prepare them for the future.
Madam Jallow-Tambajang graced the commencement of Francophone week celebration at the Alliance Française where she addressed the gathering. The Alliance Française was created in 1995 as an initiative of the then minister of culture and communication.
She explained how she personally benefited from the Alliance Française as an adult learner. “I owe a lot to Alliance Française. I also benefited a lot from the French government scholarship after my one year in Dakar University and I travelled to France for four years for studies.”
Vice president Jallow-Tambajang said language bridges communication barriers, adding that if one acquires education and could not speak a language, they still face a communication barrier. “Communication is what brings you closer to humanity,” she said.
She told the gathering that the Francophone week they were celebrating is that of the French but said going by linguistic plurality in the service of economy from an anti-globalization perspective, French is without nationality, remains international and is the 5th language in the world.
Madam Jollaw-Tambajang said Francophone is an added value for Gambians; it is more than an institution and organization. “The Francophone week acclaim is for defending universal values such as freedom of expression, democracy, the boards of people and their values,” She stressed.
The president of Alliance Française Dr. Cherno Omar Barry thanked the vice president for joining in the Francophone week celebration, saying that marked the 70th year of Alliance Française existence in The Gambia.
Dr. Barry stressed that the Alliance Française has done an extraordinary job by bring Francophones together to promote cultural diversity and bringing Gambians and non-Gambians who love the language to come and join together and share one common interest.