By 2024, Egyptians May Be Required to Speak French by Law

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By 2024, Egyptians May Be Required by Law to Speak French

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The Egyptian Minister of Education, Reda Hegazi, announced plans to introduce French as a second language in the curricula of public schools in Egypt, during a ceremony organized by the French Embassy in Cairo, Thursday, March 9, 2023.

It is called the TrèFLE project, and its induction into the public school system is to take place between 2024 and 2025. Funded by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the TrèFLE project is a joint effort between the French Institute in Egypt and Réseau Canopée, a French institution that operates under the auspices of the French Ministry of Education.

The program has been in operation since 2018, and more than 250 teachers and inspectors have already been trained in the teaching of French as a second language from 2022.

By next year, it is expected that 15,000 teachers will be trained in the program.

“Egypt has paid particular attention to strengthening ties with France in various fields,” Hegazi said. The program comes as part of the French-Egyptian partnership in the field of education that was signed in 2022, and which is working towards the teaching of second languages ​​in the North African country.

Historically, France has had deep cultural influences in Egypt, influencing everything from architecture to the arts. In terms of educational influence, it was the French politician Napoleon Bonaparte who founded the Institut D’Égypte with the intention of spreading knowledge within the country. At the time, the academy was divided into four main areas of study including mathematics, physics, literature and art, and political economy.

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