French at school

The teaching language at school in Botswana is English. The Setswana – main local language – is also widely used.

French remains the only foreign language that is taught in Botswana public schools: almost 100 instructors teach French in more than 40 schools. Besides, most of the private institutions also propose French classes to their pupils.

In 2008, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between France and Botswana, containing a section for education and promotion of the French language. The MoU was revised in 2015 in order to identify the potential ideas to improve French teaching in Botswana schools. Based on this cooperation, the French Embassy to Botswana, the Alliance Française de Gaborone, the Botswana Ministry of Basic Education, as well as all the local actors of the French teaching, develop a common strategy to promote the French language and to facilitate its teaching.

This mutual determination was evidenced by the seminar that was organized in august 2017 by the Alliance Française de Gaborone, in collaboration with University of Botswana (UB) and the French teachers association of Botswana.

The Alliance Française de Gaborone is the main institution regarding French teaching in Botswana. It proposes French lessons for individuals (adults and children), for regional organizations (SADC), as well as for some Botswana administrations (Botswana Police Service, Botswana Defense Force etc).

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International Francophonie Week

The Embassy of France to Botswana, together with the Alliance Française de Gaborone, organized several cultural events during the Francophonie Week in Gaborone (17 – 25 March 2018).

Last updated on: 27 April 2018