The Celebration of the first International Day of French Teachers

On Thursday, November 28, the Embassy hosted the celebration of the first International Day of French Teachers which was attended by over 100 persons from 11 countries in the anglophone Caribbean. Mr. Stéphane Grivelet, Secretarty-Gneral of the International Federation of French Teachers, as well as Mr. Sébastien Langevin, Editor-in-Chief of "Français dans le monde" magazine were also in attendance, having flown in from Paris for the event. The aim of this event, an initiative of the President of the Repulic, was to honour the noble profession of teaching French while celebrating the language itself.

The gathering of French teachers
The gathering of French teachers

Opened by the Ambassador, the Director-General of the Network of Alliances françaises in the Anglophone Caribbean and the Ministry of Education of Trinidad and Tobago, the event, whose theme was innovation and creativity, was conducted in several modules and concluded with a reception at the French Residence, bringing together all of the participants and was attended by the Mayor of Port of Spain.

Mrs. Gail Barnard, representative of the Ministry of Education of Trinidad and Tobago, who ended her speech with the words of Nelson Mandela Mandela: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"
Mrs. Gail Barnard, representative of the Ministry of Education of Trinidad and Tobago, who ended her speech with the words of Nelson Mandela Mandela: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"

The participants were also able to exchange their experiences and best practice as part of a seminar dedicated to innovation in the teaching of French, attend the screening of the fim "The Teacher", listen to various presentations made as part of the IFLE (Establishing French as a Language of Communication) programme by the International Federation of French Teachers and the Trinidad and Tobago French Teachers Association, and participate in a spelling bee. Prizes were awarded to the winners and the most creative and innovative teachers at the end of the series of events.

Ms. Mathilde Dallier, Coordinator of French at CLL, UWI, addresses the audience.
Ms. Mathilde Dallier, Coordinator of French at CLL, UWI, addresses the audience.

This event, a very successful one by all accounts, was jointly prepared and organized by the Alliance française of Port of Spain and the Embassy, the Directorate-General of the Network of Alliances françaises in the Anglophone Caribbean, the IFLE programme team and the Ministry of Education of Trinidad and Tobago.

The French teachers, who came out in their numbers, represented almost the entire anglophone Caribbean: Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and, of course, Trinidad and Tobago.

From left to right: Ms. Whitney Punch-George, Chair of the AFTT board, Ms. Alexandra Mengué, AFTT Director, Mrs Caroline Lavroff, H.E. Serge Lavroff as they prepare to welcome guests.
From left to right: Ms. Whitney Punch-George, Chair of the AFTT board, Ms. Alexandra Mengué, AFTT Director, Mrs Caroline Lavroff, H.E. Serge Lavroff as they prepare to welcome guests.

Last updated on: 6 December 2019