Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Le Van Khoa (R) and Adama Ouane, Director of the International Francophone Organisation. (Source: VNA)

 HCM City (VNA) – Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Le Van Khoa on March 17 welcomed Adama Ouane, Director of the International Francophone Organisation (OIF), who is on a working visit to Vietnam and attends Francophone Day activities in the southern city.

Vice Chairman Khoa highly spoke of the OIF’s role in international and regional issues, thereby showing the the organisation’s development, especially in promoting educational cooperation and expanding the Francophone community in the world.

He thanked the organisation for its cooperation with and support to the city in recent times, saying that southern hub is maintaining French-language teaching in schools and universities. About 4,000 school students and 5,000 university students in the city are studying French, he added.

Khoa proposed the OIF continue its help in training and improving skills of teachers in French at local education establishments.

The organisation was also asked to help restore French architecture works in order to protect and preserve typical culture of the Francophone community in HCM city.

OIF Director Ouane, for his part, said Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City in particular have played an important role in the relations between the OIF and the Asia-Pacific region, as well as a central role in developing the OIF’s Francophone community in the region.

His current visit to Vietnam is to learn about the demand of Vietnam as well as HCM City in promoting the development of the French-speaking community, he added.

On the occasion of the 48th anniversary of Francophone Day (March 20), a Francophone festive day 2018 was held by the HCM City’s Department of Education and Training and Union of Friendship Organisation, and the French Consulate General in the city on March 18.

The event drew the participation of about 5,000 students and learners of French-language programmes and teachers in French, and representatives from consulate generals in the city of the Francophone community.

The event included cultural and art activities, games, booths introducing learning programmes of schools using French language from primary to tertiary levels, along with others featuring cuisine, culture and arts of the Francophone community.- VNA