Ghana to make French a second official language in the country – Minister for Education

The Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has underlined Ghana’s commitment to promoting the teaching and learning of French as a second official language in the country.

Clarifying that Ghana is surrounded by French-speaking countries and that most ECOWAS countries had French as their official language, Dr. Opoku stressed that strategically; it was in Ghana’s interests to pursue the teaching and learning of French to enable the country benefit more from the West African sub-region.

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The Minister was speaking at a ceremony in Paris, France, where a linguistic pact was signed between Ghana and the International Organization of the Francophonie for improved technical support and capacity building for the teaching and learning of French in Ghana.

In attendance was Ghana’s Ambassador to France, H.E. Anna Bossman, other members of the Diplomatic Corps, and the leadership of the organization. The Ghanaian delegation also included officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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The Francophonie is a gathering of French-speaking countries around the world, whose objectives are to promote peace and good governance, to support education, training and research, and to promote the French language and cultural diversity.

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