Johannesburg to host an international convention of the Alliance Française from across Africa

Delegates from the Alliance Française in Africa and the Indian Ocean are gathering in Johannesburg from 9 to 11 October 2015 to discuss the situation of the French language in Africa and the Indian Ocean. The international convention is organised by the Alliance Française Foundation in Paris.


According to the latest statistics of the Organisation International de la Francophonie (OIF), French is spoken today by approximately 122 million people in 35 countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean. That is over half of the French speakers in the world.

But what about tomorrow?

The Alliance Française network, one of the key players in the diffusion of the French language and Francophone cultures in the world, will work on inspiring and sharing a vision for our language in the coming years.

Hosted by the Alliance Française of Johannesburg, the convention will consist of a series of panel discussions addressing the many aspects of the French language: its role in strengthening communities, doing business, contributing to student mobility and sharing culture. A number of workshops will broach professional issues such as good governance, digital courses and training, media centres, pedagogical innovation, cultural development etc. The convention will also be a unique opportunity to reinforce partnerships with sister organisations such as the AUF (Association des Universités Francophones) and the OIF.

With 117 independent non-profit organisations spread over 35 countries and representing 66 000 students per year, the Alliance Française network is an important player in the cultural and linguistic fields. It rallies independent local non-profit organisations around a common aim: the promotion of linguistic and cultural diversity through language courses (French and vernacular languages), media centres and numerous cultural events. The Alliance Française is today a network of dynamic and
innovative institutions, always creating new ways to teach French, making use of modern technology and social networks.

For more information:

Jean Bourdin
Director of the Alliance Française Johannesburg
General Delegate for the Alliance Française Foundation in South Africa
011 646 1169

publie le 07/01/2016

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