French government to help young Nigerians gain language proficiency

Mazino Dickson

From left: Education Attaché, French Embassy, Dureysseix Fanny; Jonah Amosu, SS3 Student; and Educational Program Officer, Institute Français, Kratchkovsky Anastasia, during the French examination session at Layola Jesuit College in Abuja (Photo taken by: Yakubu Abubakar)

The French government is to mobilize resources to assist young Nigerians, particularly the physically challenged, gain proficiency in the French language,.

The educational attaché to the French embassy in Nigeria, Fanny Dureysseix, stated this after the DELF Junior Worldwide French Examination held at the Loyola Jesuit college Abuja.

Ms. Fanny said that the French Embassy was desirous to ensure that young Nigerians gain not only the necessary skills for the global market place, but also multi-lingual abilities to be relevant in diplomacy, international relations and business.

According to Ms. Fanny: “Nigeria is surrounded by French-speaking countries; therefore it is important for young,aspiring professionals to be grounded in French. That means if you are a banker or diplomat, you will not only communicate better, but you will also have knowledge of their culture.”

She also said that the French government would provide Nigerian educational institutions, the needed logistics and funding to improve the study of French, especially for the physically challenged who may have the passion but not the means to improve their language skills.

Fifteen students sat for the DELF examination, among them, 20 year-old Jonah Amosu, a physically challenged student. He was also the only student to use the French language braille system as well as a customized computer system.

Speaking with VON, Amosu expressed happiness that his dream of becoming a diplomat was on course.

The French braille system is slightly different from the English version, but I must say, using it for this exam has really improved my study of the language. I hope other physically challenged Nigerians get the same opportunity like me,” he said.

The DELF Junior Worldwide French Examination was organized by the Institute Français, Abuja.

At present, the Nigerian government has designated French as the second official language; with over 4,000 French teachers, examiners and inspectors trained locally and abroad.