Francophone Festival of the Mekong River Delta opens
16:31 | 13/03/2018

VGP - The Department of Education and Training of Ben Tre province and the Can Tho University have jointly organized the 21th Francophone Festival of the Mekong River Delta to mark the 45th anniversary of the Viet Nam – France diplomatic ties (April 12).

Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Huu Phuoc said more than 100 graduates from the Ben Tre senior high school for gifted students have received tertiary education in France.

Over the past time, numerous local students have received scholarships of France-based universities and institutes, which will encourage more students to learn French and lay the foundation for the cooperation between Ben Tre and France in the future, he said.

Jean Philippe Rousse, attaché of cooperation and cultural activities at the Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City, said French is the fifth most widely used, the second mostly learnt language in the world and the second official language at international organisations.

Ben Tre has the largest numbers of French language learners and teachers in the Mekong Delta region, with 4,000 students and 30 teachers at secondary and high school levels.

The event is an opportunity for French speakers, especially French-speaking pupils to exchange and improve the teaching and learning of French in the region. 

This is the fourth time that Ben Tre province hosted this event. Ben Tre has the largest number of French teachers and learners in the Mekong River Delta. 

                                                                                                                                By Vien Nhu

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