Education agreement implementation between Kelowna School District and Académie de Grenoble [fr]
Joint efforts for education in French continues in British Columbia.
On November 1st, Consul General Philippe Sutter visited Kelowna Secondary School to take part in a meeting around and education agreement implementation with between Central Kelowna school disctrict and Académie de Grenoble (equivalent to Canadian school districts).
Present were school board members, teachers (including one French citizen) as well as Canadian and French students from four Académie de Grenoble high schools involved in this agreement at this time : lycée Berthollet d’Annecy, lycée général et technologique de l’Albanais de Rumilly, lycée Vaugelas et lycée Louis Armand de Chambéry.
« It is very important for me to come here and see what you do, how involved you are with the French culture and language. It is very encouraging, only one year after the agreement signing in 2018. You are not a capital, you are not in a big city, but it’s important in all the regions of B.C. to give the students these kinds of education opportunities ». Philippe Sutter
The purpose of such agreements between school boards and Academies is to create exchange programs that give students and teachers from both countries the opportunity to improve their language skills (in French or English) and to better understand each other’s culture.
These agreements are significant for the cooperation between B.C. and France, in line with the letter of intent signed between the French Ministry of National Education and the B.C. Department of Education in May 2016 and confirmed in April 2018 on the occasion of B.C. Education Minister Rob Fleming’s visit to Paris.
8 agreement to date
Read more on current agreements at France Canada Culture.
Listen to Consul General media interview with CBC Kelowna on the occasion of his visit to Kelowna, which also included economical and political meetings, including with Kelowna’s mayor, Mrs Mohini Singh.
Consul General of France in Kelowna, Daybreak South on November 1st, 2019 (at 1:08:55).
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