Meeting with the principal of Coastal KZN TVET College [fr]
On 11 December 2014, H.E. Ambassador Barbier and Damien Guyard, Cooperation Attaché for French Language, travelled to Durban to meet with Mr SB Ndlovu, principal of Coastal KZN TVET College. They were accompanied by Sarah Doignon, director of the Alliance Française of Durban.
The college, training 19,000 students on its 8 campuses, is an important partner regarding cooperation for French language, being the only out of 50 TVET Colleges to offer French lessons in South Africa.
The aim of the meeting was to present a pilot project for a student exchange programme in partnership with Reunion Island. This programme will improve the professional employability of young people by strengthening language skills and developing professional capacities in the hospitality field.
This project also aims to develop the offer of French lessons in the South African technical education system and to encourage other TVET Colleges to improve their offer of French lessons.
Ambassador Barbier and Damien Guyard also took the opportunity to present the "French for professional use Forum" that will be organised by the Embassy in April 2015, in the hope that principals from various institutions will be able to participate.
Following the meeting, the delegation visited two campuses (Swinton and Umbumbulu), where infrastructures for hospitality education, and particularly the training restaurant and kitchen, fit the requirements for good cooperation with Reunion Island schools.
An MOU to formalize the cooperation between the Embassy of France, the Coastal KZN TVET College and the Reunionese partner will be signed in the first semester of 2015, in the presence of representatives of the South African minister of education (DHET) and principals from TVET Colleges.