Future Alliance Française de Gaborone - first stone ceremony
According to the Ambassador of France to Botswana, H.E Mr Pierre Voillery, this relocation project is an important step towards the consolidation of the cultural links between France and Botswana. He reminded that the Alliance Française de Gaborone was created in 1980 and has three main missions that are teaching French, increasing awareness of French and francophone cultures, and promoting cultural diversity. He further commended the government of Botswana for generously letting the Alliance Française use this particular plot which used to host one of the very first schools of Gaborone and which is part of the national heritage. He thanked the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, Conversation and Tourism, the National Museum team, the city council team and all the partners that are working hard to make this major project possible.
The director of the Alliance Française de Gaborone, Aurélie Gbeffa, told the guests that the future venue of the Alliance Française will enable the institution to reduce rental costs and provide better services to the learners. She indicated that the new place is perfectly located and has a very suitable size. However, having been abandoned for more than 15 years, a significant refurbishment is needed. She invited people to come back in December next year to celebrate the official opening of the new Alliance Française de Gaborone.