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French Ambassador Pays Courtesy Call to Minister Henry

Today, during their first interface, Hon. Nicolette Henry, Minister of Education and His Excellency Mr. Antoine Joly, Ambassador of the French Republic discussed what could be done to improve and increase the teaching of French in schools with a view of the possibilities of exchanges for students and teachers between the two nations.
Also discussed was the possibility of cooperation between France and Guyana to “See if we could have Guyanese teachers go to France to teach while improving their knowledge of French especially since Haiti is a member of CARICOM, according to the Ambassador.
He added, “It is my hope and plans to have Guyana send assistant teachers to teach English and at the same time improve their interest in French through government relations.”
There were also expressions for education to be further improved at the tertiary level to have the French Guyana University and the University of Guyana work together.
Minister Henry in response dubbed the proposals as good and useful opportunities to build capacity to teach and learn French. Minister Henry also noted that at her level she will encourage and support the implementation at the opportune time.
Further, Minister Henry said that her ministry is interested in the exchange programmes for six months for teachers and will work on all other possibilities for education development of teachers and students towards a more balanced society.
Noting the already ‘in action’ Students Exchange Programmes, Minister Henry informed that French and other foreign languages are taught in some secondary schools and that she encourages and supports the exchange programmes which she says are ideal for gaining “experience and exposure”.
France is also looking for opportunities to improve the way English is being taught in their school system and the Ambassador was adamant that Guyana is as good an English-speaking territory as any other to field teachers to teach English.
At the University of Guyana level, the Minister while noting that the institution is a semi-autonomous body, floated the idea of a department of French that would be useful. On this subject, however, Minister Henry noted that she would be happy to advocate and promote the idea to the University of Guyana executives for consideration.

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