National Bilingualism Week Kicks Off

It is an occasion to sensistise Cameroonian students on national integration through the speaking of French and English.

Activities to mark the 10th edition of the National Bilingualism Week and the 12th edition of the National Bilingualism Day were launched in three pilot bilingual schools in Yaounde yesterday, February 2, 2015, by the Secretary of State for Secondary Education, Mounouna Foutsou. These were Government Bilingual High School, Mendong, Government High School, Ngoa Ekelle and Government Bilingual Practicing High School, Yaounde. The theme for this year is “Bilingualism: An essential tool to meet the challenges of globalisation.”

The exercise, which began at the Government Bilingual High School, Mendong, was an occasion to sensistise Cameroonian students on national integration through the speaking of French and English, the two official languages. The students lined the entrance of the school to welcome the Secretary of State for Secondary Education and his team as early as 8:30 a.m.

After greeting them and teachers, Mounouna Foutsou watched students in Form One bilingual class learning French. He later held a brief working session with the officials of the school. The story was the same at the Government High School Ngoa Ekelle and Government Bilingual Practicing High School Yaounde.

Speaking to journalists, Mounouna Foutsou said the visit was to sensitise the education community on the importance of bilingualism and to ensure a better implementation of pedagogic and curricular activities. He said Regional Delegations of Secondary Education had been instructed to do the same. Mounouna Foutsou expressed satisfaction with the efforts in the promotion of bilingualism in the country. He said there was great mobilisation in schools and that all was set of the celebration on Friday, February 6, 2015. Other steps to promote bilingualism in Cameroon are the Pedagogic Day of Bilingualism in Schools which is every Wednesday as well as encouraging teachers to end their lessons in the other foreign language. The official commemoration of the day will take place on February 6 in Yaounde in the Centre Region.

Source : Cameroon Tribune

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