French-speakin g Africa: ‘A huge need for skills’

TES (Times Education Supplement) - - EDITORIAL -

“The op­por­tu­ni­ties that Fran­co­phone Africa of­fers have been largely ig­nored by Bri­tish ed­u­ca­tion. There are lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties in Al­ge­ria, Sene­gal, Mau­ri­ta­nia, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Togo for English lan­guage and train­ing pro­vi­sion in tech­ni­cal ar­eas. The West Coast of Africa’s just seen a large find of oil and gas, and the op­por­tu­nity there for us is that they have no trained oil and gas peo­ple at all.

“We have opened an English univer­sity in Mau­ri­ta­nia and one of our part­ners has just opened a tech­ni­cal univer­sity in Sierra Leone. There’s a huge de­mand for lower-level vo­ca­tional skills as their economies grow, and they’re very young pop­u­la­tions. As a re­sult of this, we’ve set up the UK Fran­co­phone Ed­u­ca­tion Fo­rum – an or­gan­i­sa­tion aimed at bring­ing Bri­tish and Fran­co­phone gov­ern­ments to­gether to talk about ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

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