It was a pleasurable moment for 79 young Indian students as The French Embassy in India is sending them to France. These students would be sent under the English Language Assistants programme from October 2017 to May 2018. It is supported and financed by the French Ministry of Education. All 79 selected students will gather In Delhi for an information and training day at French Institute in India on 17 September 2017. The batch of students will leave in the same evening to France.
These 79 Indian students taking part in the teaching experience in France have been selected on the basis of their outstanding level of both French and English languages. They will be assisting English language teachers in primary, secondary and higher-secondary schools in France, by offering them a rich and dynamic understanding of a foreign language throughout the whole academic year. They will help develop links between French and Indian schools, teachers and students. They will also discover a new country, a new culture, while sharing their own culture with their students.
It may be noted that this programme was launched 20 years ago between France and India, in the framework of their bilateral cooperation in education. France and India have agreed to support the mobility of students, encouraging the internationalisation of their higher education training courses. The worldwide assistants programme gives the opportunity to 6500 students from 60 different countries to spend one academic year in a school abroad.
Dr Bertrand de Hartingh, Director of Institut français India / Counsellor for cooperation and cultural affairs, speaking toMUMBAI MESSENGER said “The French government is always ahead in extending various opportunity to Indian students. This opportunity will help Indian students in different perspective of thinking, living in a totally new country all alone which will make them very independent. It will be a morale booster for them to be a part of this scheme.not only this but, France ranks among the top destinations for students, offering world-class education opportunities at low costs”.
Author: Sitaram Mewati
Award winning journalist