Apr 5, 2012, 3:00 PM
The head of the Gambia-France Cooperation Project (PAFEG) at the French Embassy in
Youssef Arrif, who arrived in The Gambia two months ago to head the project, was speaking yesterday shortly after he paid a courtesy call on the management of The Point newspaper accompanied by the Charge d’Affaires at the French Embassy in
Arrif, who could not hide his impression about The Point newspaper, which features a daily French column, said the project has 80 pilot schools in the six regions of the country.
“Our work is to develop the implementation of the pilot of the French language as a core subject, and also to support teachers and establish resource centres in all the six different regions. We also seek to support the University of The
According to him, such support has been given to some Francophone countries like
He also noted that in order to enhance the Francophone environment, the mass media needs to be engaged and, as a result, the French Embassy will partner with the media to boost use of the French language in The Gambia.
Describing the project as important and timely, Arrif noted that the project, based on a request from the
“Honestly, I’m very happy; first I’m happy to be in The Gambia, a very friendly country, and I can see that a lot of development has been made in this country. With my short stay here, I noticed that the ministry of Education, the University of The
Noting that France-Gambia cooperation is working progressively, Arrif expressed optimism that the cooperation will grow from strength to strength, and develop for the betterment of the two countries.