Jun 4, 2008, 7:42 AM
Alliance Francaise de Banjul Friday awarded 60 students with DELF certificate, at their office on Kairaba Avenue.
The occasion was graced by students of Alliance Francaise, tutors, parents and family members.
The guest speaker, Mrs Ida Mboob, Deputy-legal officer, Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), said PURA had got to register most of their staff on these classes to broaden their knowledge in French.
“We decided to join hands with Alliance Francaise as partners in development,” said Mrs Mboob.
She thanked the management of Alliance Francaise for their wonderful support, whilst congratulating the students and wishing them all the best of luck.
Alliance Francaise Director Didier Martin said the certificates were delivered by the French Ministry for Education, adding that it is recognised worldwide, hence an asset when looking for employment.
He said Alliance Francaise de Banjul is proud to offer its students the opportunity to access an internationally recognised certificate while studying in The Gambia.
He said Alliance Francaise is a Gambian association established in 1956 as part of the international network of over 900 Alliance Francaises that annually welcome over 450,000 students to their language classes.
He added that the alliance is part of the French cultural network in the Senegambia region made of Alliance Francaises of Kaolack, Ziguinchor, Banjul and the institutes of Francaise of St Louis and Dakar.
He added that their main objective is to teach the French language as well as to promote cross-cultural exchange and offer classes at all levels to suit the communication needs of the people.
“Our objective is to offer classes at all levels and to do that, we use modern technology like smart boards and a language lab in the unique French-speaking environment,” said Mr Martin.
Giving the result of this year’s examination, director Martin said he was very happy about the performance of the students, both young and old.
The session, he noted, was very much encouraging as 70% of the 91 candidates passed and also the DELF preliminary were remarkable, as 100% of the 8 candidates passed it.
This, he added, was possible with the help and effort of the teachers of Alliance Francaise.
He thanked everyone for attending the function, especially the media, who are “very much important in helping” them in reaching the public on things they are to offer.