Support the education systems of French-speaking countries
The French language and multilingualism plan determines France supports the education systems of French-speaking African countries with 350 million euros a year. For this purpose, 356 million euros were made available in 2020. The President of the Republic has announced a historic contribution of 333 million euros to the Global Partnership for Education (PME) for the period 2021-2025. 42.86% of these funds target French-speaking countries.
Through programs run by French education providers:
The LEARN program, which brings together French expertise mobilized for international cooperation in education, has adapted to the health crisis with the implementation of remote activities and the development of content related to the challenges of educational continuity. By the end of 2021, the program has supported more than 10,000 professionals in 11 countries in building teacher qualifications. 35 educational research projects from 17 countries were supported.
The project “Imagine School” offers a regional platform of online resources and teacher training in the eleven French-speaking countries of West and Central Africa, in collaboration with UNESCO, the Global Partnership for Education, the Francophone Conference of Ministers of Education (CONFEMEN) and the OIF. Launched in December 2020, this project is aimed at almost 7 million students.
The program learning aids aims to strengthen equal and inclusive access for primary and secondary school students in Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa to physical and digital educational resources for individual and collective use. It was implemented in 2020 by UNESCO and the French Institute with the support of the AFD.
The summer and winter universities of France Education International (FEI) bring hundreds together sports shoes who themselves train several thousand foreign teachers in French lessons and its evaluation every year. The last one took place in July 2022 and brought together almost 320 participants from 66 countries.
Strengthening the position of the French language in the countries where it is learned as a foreign language
The commitments of the President of the Republic have been respected:
- The “LabelFrancEducation” label, awarded to French-speaking bilingual educational institutions worldwide, reached 587 certified institutions in 62 countries this year. The goal set in 2018 of 500 certified industries in 2022 was thus far exceeded.
- The International Day of French Teachers was a great success and has been held annually in November since 2019. The 3rd edition of this day took place on November 25, 2021 and the next will take place on November 24, 2022 According to the promise of the President of the Republic, the subsidy paid to the International Federation of French Teachers has doubled since 2017.
- Regarding mobility: at the beginning of the 2022-2023 academic year, almost 3,500 foreign language assistants arrived in France and more than 1,300 French language assistants left the country to teach French abroad.
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the French educational network abroad continues to evolve to meet the growing demand for French-language education and today has 567 institutions that educate nearly 390,000 students. Since March 2018 and despite the crisis, the network of French education abroad has gained 72 institutions and almost 40,000 students, two thirds of whom are foreigners.
Emblematic project of the projection of excellence in French higher education, the Franco-Senegalese campus in Dakar formalized in November 2020, continues its development. It now welcomes 1,000 students and offers 30 courses giving students from Senegal and the sub-region access to dual degrees. The network of other existing campuses abroad (Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, Franco-Egyptian University, French University in Armenia, Franco-Azerbaijan University, Franco-Ivorian Education Hub, Grandes Ecoles campus in Morocco) is developing. Since 1997, the Deutsch-Französische Hochschule (UFA) has made it possible for almost 700 German students to take courses in French in the 120 French institutions that belong to its network. Since 2019, the UFA programs have also been increasingly open to trainees.
Regarding the International Students In France, at the beginning of the 2021 academic year, compared to the pre-pandemic crisis in 2019, there was a 3% increase in the number of foreign students who came to study in France, an increase of around 18% compared to 2019.
Otherwise, a label that certifies the quality of the reception and the establishment of French as a foreign language course (FLE) in French universities called “Welcome to France” was launched in 2019: to date, 138 institutions have received it.
the “FLE quality” label.which will benefit 116 centers on French territory in 2022, aims to identify, recognize and promote French as foreign language centers whose language offer and services offer guarantees of quality – especially in the spaces of the Campus France.
In Paris, within the Cité Internationale universitaire, the Maison des Etudiants de la Francophonie opened its doors on January 1st, 2021 and welcomes 300 master’s students and international researchers, French-speaking or Francophile.