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Akbar Launches French Language Classes At Ratu Navula College

The school is the third to receive these classes by the Alliance Francais, after Suva Grammar School and Marist Brothers High School.
21 Mar 2019 10:07
Akbar Launches French Language Classes At Ratu Navula College
Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Rosy Akbar (middle), French Ambassador, Sujiro Seam (second from left) and Alliance Francais director, Thomas Feldstein (back left) with students, teachers and Ministry of Education officials during the launch of French language classes at Ratu Navula College in Nadi on March 20, 2019. Photo: DEPTFO News

Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar officially launched French language classes at Ratu Navula College in Nadi yesterday.

“I emphasise the importance of understanding languages. Many of us speak two languages,” Minister Akbar said.

The school is the third to receive these classes by the Alliance Francais, after Suva Grammar School and Marist Brothers High School.

As the first school in the Western Division, Minister Akbar told students they were trailblazers.

“Adding French is a strategic choice for us. There are more than 200 million people who speak French and I’m sure you’ll be adding your numbers to the 200 million peo- ple in the coming years,” she said.

“French is the sixth most-spoken language in the world and obviously it opens up a new horizon for communications and business opportunities in many countries across the globe.”

Close to 20 Year Nine and Year 11 began their French lessons with teacher Marine Plante in January this year.

“Learning the French language will also increase your chances of entering the global market, the global business market and this is the trend in European nations, in particular, if you want to get ahead,” Minister Akbar added.

The launch was attended by the French Ambassador Sujiro Seam and Alliance Francais director Thomas Feldstein. A minute’s silence was also observed to remember the victims of the Al Noor and linwood mosques shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15 and college students and other victims who died in the Nabou car crash on August 6, 2018.

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