Ms. Yamina Benguigui, French minister delegate for Francophony to visit South Africa (22-25 July 2012)
Ms. Yamina Benguigui, Minister Delegate for Francophonie, attached to the Minister of Foreign affairs and the French President’s personal representative for Francophony will travel to South Africa from July 22 to 25 to attend the 13th World Conference of the International Federation of Teachers of French to be held in Durban.
It is an opportunity for the Minister to reaffirm the important role of learning and teaching the French language. During the conference Minister Benguigui will have the opportunity to interact with academics, French teachers from different continents and Francophone writers.
In addition, she will also meet South African government officials at the national and regional level, in particular, the Minister will open the congress alongside Mr Enver Surty, deputy minister of basic education.
This trip will also allow Ms. Yamina Benguigui to attend the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), which this year includes a celebration of French cinema, including a screening of Franco-Austrian Michael Haneke’s "Love", winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2012 and Franco-Senegalese Moussa Traore’s "The canoe”.
13th World Congress of French Teachers
Every four years, the International Federation of Teachers of French (FIPF) organises an international conference which is attended by 1 000 to 1 500 teachers and partners. This year will be the first to be held in the southern hemisphere and in Africa. From 23-27 July 2012, the Durban ICC will be home to the 13th world conference of the International Federation of Teachers of French (FIPF) organised by the Association for French Studies in Southern Africa, in partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
The conference will provide all stakeholders in education and training, media and culture, language and development, the opportunity to share resources and create networks between countries and communities in Africa and beyond.
33rd annual Durban International Film Festival
2012 sees Durban hosting the 33rd annual Durban International Film Festival and there will be a special focus on French Cinema this year. Supported by the France South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013, the festival will be screening a number of French films and several French sponsored awards will be handed out. In addition, opportunities for co-production between French and South African film-makers will be explored.
Both the World Congress of French Teachers and the French focus within the 33rd annual Durban International Film Festival are organised as part of the France South Africa Seasons 2012&2013.
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