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).

  • A "French Coffe", which gathered lovers of the French language at Alliance Française de Gaborone in order to debate in French around various topics.
  • A reception at the Residence of France, during which the prize-giving ceremony of a writing competition proposed by Alliance Française to some public schools took place. The France-Botswana Business Club also participated in this event by funding the prices awarded to the winners.
  • A French breakfast where French food was served at Alliance Française de Gaborone.

On the occasion of the reception at the residence of France, the Ambassador recalled French is spoken over the five continents by almost 300 million people. He also said that the International Organization of Francophonie, which was created in 1970, gathers 54 countries amongst which 30 are African countries.

At the regional level, 4 Members states of SADC speak French, and French is one of the three official languages of the regional body.

In Botswana, more than 40 public schools offer French as a subject. It is therefore the most taught foreign language in the country.

Last updated on: 27 April 2018