92 students who have passed the DELF / DALF French Language examination in May-June 2012 with Alliance Francaise in Banjul yesterday evening received their certificates at a ceremony held at Alliance Francaise on Kairaba Avenue.
The Director of Alliance Francaise in Banjul Didier Martin said 135 students took part in the course and 92 of them passed a percentage of 72 per cent.
According to him the reason why they record such success is that the French teachers who have to teach for them have to be accredited by the French Ministry and it is done every three years. He said the duration of the course is from 9 months to three years.
The UNICEF Representative Madam Aichatou Diawara Flambert who was the guest speaker of the occasion in a brief remark described the investment in French as worthy underscoring the importance of communicating in different languages. She explained that UNICEF and other Institutions for their staff for they believe that to know a second language is important. Madam Flambert expressed her satisfaction over the interest of more people learning French in the country.
Speaking earlier, The Vice President of Alliance Francaise Committee ,who is also the General Manager of City Limits Radio, Baboucarr Cham said the DELF/ DALF certificates are delivered by the French Ministry for Education which is recognised world wide. This he described as valuable asset when looking for a job. He said they are proud to offer its students the opportunity to get an internationally recognised certificate while studying in the Gambia.
Mr Cham stated that the different certificates cover a range of levels in the French language from Basic to Proficient user. He described the results of this examination session as encouraging as 70 per cent of the 135 candidates passed. This year, he said they have witnessed an increased in 10 percent of in the number candidates compared to last year.
Mr Cham gave a brief history of Alliance Francaise. He said it was established in 1948 . The one in Banjul he explained is a Gambian association affiliated to the foundation in Paris is part of the international network of over 1000 Alliance Francaises that annually welcome over 450,000 students to their language classes and over 6 million people to cultural events. He further explained that the objectives of the Alliance are to teach the French language and to promote cross cultural exchanges amongst others.