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Alliance Française De Suva Finds A Permanent Home

  Alliance Française de Suva now has a permanent home after President Major General (Retired) Jioji Konusi Konrote opened the learning centre on Des Voeux Road on Tuesday night. Since
24 Mar 2016 10:00
Alliance Française De Suva Finds A Permanent Home
President Major-General (Ret'd) Jioji Konrote and French ambassador to Fiji Michel Dojokovic officially inaugurated of the Alliance Française de Suva – Centre Janette Gatty on Tuesday night. Photo: Shahani Mala.

 

Alliance Française de Suva now has a permanent home after President Major General (Retired) Jioji Konusi Konrote opened the learning centre on Des Voeux Road on Tuesday night.

Since its establishment in 1987, the Alliance Française de Suva has always relocated offices, the last being on Ratu Sukuna Road off Queen Elizabeth Drive.

The Alliance Francaise De Suva- Centre Janette Gatty has a significant name value.

The late Ronald Gatty, widely known as The Spice Man, gave a generous donation to the organisation to pay tribute to his wife Janette.

Mrs Gatty dedicated her life to teaching French and culture.

In light of this, President Konrote has urged Fijians to learn the language widely regarded as the ‘language of love’.

“I am happy to inaugurate the Alliance Française de Suva – Centre Janette Gatty building.

“French language has definitely gained popularity in Fiji,” he said.

 

Many opportunities

French ambassador to Fiji Michel Dojokovic said: “It is important to learn this language, in particular for business opportunities or for military co-operation in the South Pacifc or in UN peacekeeping operations.

“The knowledge of French opens the doors of Frence companies in France and in other Frence-speaking parts of the world.”

As the world’s fifth largest economy and a number three destination for foreign investment Mr Dojokovic said France was a key economic partner.

 

About

Alliance Française is a non-profit organisation with its main purpose of promoting the French language and culture.

The centre also provides lessons on iTaukei language.

The two secondary schools that teach French language here are Suva Grammar School and Marist Brothers High School and two universities are Fiji National University (FNU) and University of the South Pacific (USP).

French and iTaukei lessons at the Alliance Française de Suva begin on April 18.

The centre is aptly on the street which was named after the former Governor of Fiji, William Des Vœux, who was of French descent and served from 1880 to 1885.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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