Promotion of French language in Botswana
France and Botswana are committed to promote the French teaching in Botswana. The Botswana Ministry of Basic Education is determined to improve and strengthen the teaching of the French language in public schools. French remains the only foreign language that is taught in Botswana public schools: 93 instructors teach French in 44 schools. Besides, other 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. This two-day seminar aimed at sharing a reflection on the French teaching. More than 50 people took part in the several workshops that were conducted by professionals.
The Alliance Française de Gaborone is the main institution in terms of 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).