Bilingual education for children advocated

French learning remains critical for GhanaiansMrs Ama Atta Sagoe, Proprietress of Ecole Francaise, a private bilingual school in Cape Coast has admonished parents to invest in bilingual education for their children.
She said being bilingual offers young people a competitive edge to effectively operate in the present global environment.
Mrs Sagoe, who gave the advice at a media briefing ahead of the school’s fifth anniversary and Speech and Prize giving day celebration in Cape Coast, said being fluent in a second language opens up new opportunities especially in the job market.
The anniversary celebration, which is on the theme, “Significance of bilingual education in the 21st century,” is scheduled for December 16, 2016.
According to Mrs Sagoe, it was imperative for every Ghanaian to show interest in learning French as a second foreign language, adding that being bilingual or multilingual, promotes knowledge transfer in the areas of technology, science, culture and technical skills.
“These are tools of development,” she said.
Mrs Sagoe called for a review of the educational policies in Ghana to enhance teaching and learning of French in schools.
Touching on the event, she said the school which was established in 2012 with just four pupils could now boast of more than 300 pupils.
“Ecole Francaise is the only bilingual basic education institution in Cape Coast and the whole of the Central Region. We offer all the subjects under the Ghana Education Service (GES) curricula,” she said.
Some of the activities lined up for the anniversary celebration are a clean-up exercise, a donation to the children’s ward at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, and a walk through the principal streets of Cape Coast, with a grand speech and prize giving day to climax the celebration.



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