French will soon be our second language - Education minister

French will soon be our second language - Education minister

- The education minister is confident Ghanaians will soon be taking on the French language

- The minister wants French to be the second language of Ghana

- Ghana is the only country in West Africa surrounded by French speaking nations

The government will be prioritizing moves to ensure that Ghanaians are versed in the French language.

This is according to the minister of education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh who has assured France that the French language will be a second language in the country.

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Ghana is surrounded by countries that speak French - a development which has left trade engagement highly difficult due to the language barrier.

“Ghana deeply appreciates the sterling work being done by this organization in its goals…We share in these aims and values and look forward to playing an important role in their realization. It is my conviction that the signing of this pact will pose a significant landmark in our effort to build bridges between the people of Ghana and the people of the larger community of Francophones,” Dr. Prempeh stated.

Earlier on, the minister had revealed that this plan is to make Ghana's youthful population versed in the language.

“There was the need to redefine the country’s relations with the French government to promote the speaking and learning of French at the tender age,” he added.

Ghana remains an anglophone country with the official language being English. But this development poses a challenge for the country especially when all bothering countries speak the French language.

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The Francophonie is a gathering of French-speaking countries around the world, whose objectives are to promote peace and good governance, to support education, training and research, and to promote the French language and cultural diversity.

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