Students celebrate Francophone Month with Alliance Francaise

Kerine Lennox Alliance Director

(EMU) – St. Kitts, March 22, 2013: Students studying the French Language at high schools around St. Kitts are being exposed to a number of activities designed to give them a greater understanding of the benefits of pursuing the language.

Senior Official in the Ministry of Education, Michael Blake, told students present at a ceremony held at the Alliance Française in celebration of Francophone Month that to be able to exploit the multiplicity of opportunities available to young people it is important to be fluent in another language.

He commended, on behalf of the Ministry of Education, those educators who availed themselves of the opportunity to teach French and who are dedicated to encouraging its popularity in schools. He assured them of the Ministry’s unending gratitude.

Mr. Blake drew reference to the fact that the word used for language in most languages is the same as the word used for tongue. He suggested that this was significant given the importance of mastering speech rather than the ability to write only.

President of Alliance Française and past Teacher of French Clarita Richards told students of the many opportunities opened up to her internationally because she had made use of the opportunity to learn French. She emphasized the fact that the world had become a global village due to advancements in travel and technology. She also stated that those students who were multi-lingual were better positioned to excel than those who were not.

New Director of the Alliance Française Kerine Lennox of Guadeloupe said the goal of the establishment is to spread the French Language and Culture to St .Kitts and Nevis. She said every year during the Month of March the Alliance seeks to raise awareness and is pleased with the support given by the Ministry of Education in these efforts. She added that she hoped to see the further strengthening of partnerships as she encouraged students to give French their best effort by immersing themselves in the cultural opportunities provided locally.

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