Ambassador Farnaud awards Caroline Malauzat and Alexia Vassilatos with France’s education award
On Thursday 14 June 2018, Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr. Christophe Farnaud, hosted a reception at the French Residence in Pretoria in honour of Caroline Malauzat, teacher of French at the Deustche Schule of Pretoria, and Alexia Vassilatos, lecturer and head of the French section at the University of the Witwatersrand, who will receive the insignia of Chevalier dans l’ordre des palmes académiques (Knight in the Order of Palmes académiques).
Caroline Malauzat has many responsibilities related to the promotion and teaching of the French language in South Africa: French teacher and head of department at the Deustche Schule of Pretoria, co-founder of the Association of French teachers in Gauteng, examiner and moderator of the Grade 12 French examiniation. She has been promoting French language in South Africa for almost 20 years.
Dr. Alexia Vassilatos started her academic career as a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2002 and was appointed head of the French section in 2015. She is a specialist in francophone African literature. She is also an active member of the Association for French Studies in Southern Africa (AFSSA), association that promotes francophone literature in Southern Africa.
The Order of Palmes académiques is a French order established in 1955 and awarded by the French ministry of Education in recognition of significant contributions to the promotion of French language, literature and education in France and abroad. There are three degrees: knight, officer and commander.