Delhi Board of School Education Promotes French Language Among Students
A collaborative effort between the French Institute in India (IFI), the Delhi Board of School Education (DBSE), Hero MotoCorp Ltd (HMCL), and the Franco-Indian Education Trust (FIET) has resulted in a unique project that aims to promote French language education in India. Called "French for All, French for a Better Future," the initiative seeks to make French language learning accessible to students from all backgrounds, while also promoting skill development and greater employment opportunities through proficiency in French.
To implement this project, 12 teachers are teaching French to around 3000 students from classes VI to X in 33 DBSE schools. The teachers are receiving linguistic and pedagogical training to improve the quality of education provided. Additionally, Language Labs equipped with high-tech audio-visual materials are being installed in DBSE schools to cater to each student's linguistic capabilities, particularly in speaking and listening, making French language classes more engaging.
The first French language lab was inaugurated at the Dr B. R. Ambedkar School of Specialised Excellence (SOSE sector 17 - Rohini), with eminent personalities gracing the event. Speaking at the event, Himanshu Gupta, Director - Education, Govt. of NCT Delhi, praised the initiative for promoting French language learning in government schools, and the French language lab established by the French Institute and their CSR Partners Hero MotoCorp at SOSE Rohini sector 17 will help promote the French language and culture among children.
Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, Country Director of French Institute in India, expressed his excitement at seeing the "French for All, French for a Better Future" project come to fruition, as it promotes linguistic and cultural exchange through French language learning. Prashant Lahoti, Managing Trustee of Franco Indian Education Trust, expressed his gratitude to Hero MotoCorp for supporting the project and announced plans to set up more French language labs in the future.
The project aims to bridge the gap between students from privileged and underprivileged backgrounds by offering equal opportunities to all and promoting the use of technology/artificial intelligence. It also seeks to introduce French and Francophone cultures, highlighting the interdisciplinary connection of language and arts, and furthering interest in engaging with French language and culture.