DBSE partners with French Institute in India to introduce French language in public schools in Delhi
Delhi Board of School Education (DBSE) has signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the French Institute in India (IFI-The French Institute in India) to introduce the French language in public schools in Delhi. The MoU was signed in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Education, Manish Sisodia, and French Ambassador to India, HE Emmanuel Lenain.
In the pilot phase, the French language will be introduced in 30 DBSE-affiliated schools and will be extended to other schools depending on the children’s interest in learning it.
“As part of our program to introduce leading global languages into public schools, students will now have the opportunity to also learn French. Introducing global languages like French will unlock new career options for our students in various fields and make them professionally strong,” said Sisodia.
According to Sisodia, learning a global language is not just the acquisition of a skill but also an association with the culture of a particular country. “In addition to increasing students’ potential, this educational cooperation will also give students the opportunity to experience French culture and history. The two countries have learned from each other for ages in trade, education, art and culture through various collaborations. Let’s hope that the students learning French in our schools will become the strongest reasons for these successful rapprochements in the future,” he added.
“The Delhi government reflects the same educational philosophy as the French government. They take seriously their policies and their choices for the education of 1.5 million children who study in public schools and we support this cause. Among all the collaborations between two countries, education will always remain our priority. Learning French will be a life-changing experience for Delhi public school students and provide them with new academic and professional opportunities,” said HE Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India.
“As part of this collaboration, the IFI will support the DBSE and the Directorate of Education (DoE) to train teachers and resource persons in communicative French. The IFI will offer access to its cultural and academic platforms to school students. The institute will organize workshops, webinars and seminars to inform students about the possibilities of university studies in France and the scholarship program for the benefit of students,” said Himanshu Gupta, director of the Department of Education.
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