Opening of the French section of the Mondeor High School library [fr]
Ambassador of France to South Africa HE Elisabeth Barbier on 21 September 2015 opened the French section of the Mondeor High School library in the south of Johannesburg.
The books are part of a donation of more than 4000 books to 40 schools in Gauteng by the RATP, the French public transport operator which has been operating the Gautrain for 6 years. The books, all in French, will benefit approximately 9000 pupils learning French at school.
Mr Arnaud Legrand, CEO of Bombela and representative of RATP in South Africa, joined Ambassador Barbier for the opening along with Cooperation Attaché for French Language at the Embassy of France in South Africa, Damien Guyard, Project manager for French at the French Institute of South Africa (Ifas), Jérôme Cosnard, and Books Officer at Ifas, Nathalie Lelong. They were received by Deputy Principal and French teacher at the school Heather Chapman.
In her address, Ambassador Barbier said: "By providing you (the pupils) with more novels, short stories, dictionaries, encyclopaedias, comics, magazines, and a variety of other reading material, we are happy to promote a renewed pleasure of reading, contribute to new discoveries and to reinforce the autonomous approach that each and every one of you has towards learning".
Download Ambassador Barbier’s speech here.