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Stakeholders canvass re-enlistment of French village in TETFund

By Olawunmi Ojo
13 March 2022   |   3:36 am
Stakeholders comprising heads of Department of French in Nigerian universities and colleges of education, and the management of the Nigeria French Language Village ...

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Stakeholders comprising heads of Department of French in Nigerian universities and colleges of education, and the management of the Nigeria French Language Village (NFLV) have expressed dismay at the delisting of the NFLV from TETFund since 2010. They, therefore, called on the Federal Government re-integrate the institution into the scheme.
 
Rising from a meeting at the French Village in Badagry, Lagos, they called on the government to revisit the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the French Government and the language village with a view to reviving the educational and cultural cooperation between the parties.

 
In a communique, which deliberated on issues relating to the teaching and learning of French in Nigerian universities and the Language Immersion Programme (LIP) at the NFLV, the HODs reaffirmed the recognition of the NFLV, which has the mandate of the federal ministry for organising the LIP for Nigerian universities and colleges of education since January 1992, as an Inter University Centre with the status of a university.
 
The HODs unanimously adopted the ministerial memo of 2021, sent to the NFLV on the need for all tertiary institutions where French is taught to compulsorily send their students to French Village for the Language Immersion Programme.

While frowning at the habit of ferrying students across the border for self-interest, and in defiance of repeated ministerial orders, the management of the NFLV also reasserted its commitment to regularly receiving lecturers of French in the Nigerian colleges of education for sabbatical leave in NFLV as well as students on special programmes as requested by concerned colleges of education.
 
The stakeholders also recommended that more funds be allocated to the NFLV to create a better and conducive environment for the teaching and learning of French.

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