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France launches French language project in W. Equatoria


February 12, 2011 (JUBA) - A delegation of the French Embassy arrived Yambio on Thursday 10 February 2011 to launch a project called the Yambio Multi Purpose Francophone Association in Western Equatoria state tasked to foster developmental activities for French speaking people in South Sudan, particularly in Western Equatoria state.

The delegations were received by the acting minister of education Gibson Bullen Wande, who is also the state minister of information and communications.

In an interview with Sudan Tribune, the team leader who is the cooperation and cultural counselor in the French Embassy in Khartoum, Eric Pinon, said:

“As people are living in a globalized world, there is a need to master some languages. We do know that people in Western Equatoria state are not going to learn French just for pleasure just for the sake of it, they want it to be effective and efficient to help them in their carrier, to help the state to develop diplomatic economic growth relationship with its neighbors” he added.

He said that French is a regional language and it can be a good tool being the prospect of regional integrations and economic point of view.

He revealed that they cannot do it on a very large scale and have selected Western Equatoria for the project as it borders two French-speaking countries: the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Central African Republic (CAR).

Sudan’s civil war forced many people from Western Equatoria to seek refuge in these countries leading to many returnees speaking and writing French language fluently.

Pinon urged the government of Western Equatoria to agree to setting up a bilateral project in Western Equatoria to teach French in several schools with the help of the French government. He said this way French could be properly taught and teachers will be trained. He said he expected such a scheme would be successful as it had worked in other places.

Meanwhile the acting education minister Wande said “the idea of building the program depends on the closeness of the Francophone countries.” Wande stressed that “the state government believes that now Western Equatoria state in particular that borders Central African Republic and DR Congo were by they speak French that one will help us build economically and socially at least to build us beef with the other countries.”

He assured the delegations that the government of Western Equatoria state will cooperate and work hand in hand with the embassy and look forward to see how the project could be explored.

The minister further disclosed that “during the two wars of 1956 (to 1973) and 1983 (to 2005) a good number of the Western Equatoria state took refugee to DR Congo and Central Africa Republic, the French speaking countries.”

Wande said he is optimistic that “with the program within the state or southern Sudan that focuses on such languages it will be very helpful for the French speaking people to explore their knowledge."

The meeting ended with a handing over of about 200 French text books for primary Schools by Pinon. He added that materials for secondary schools and higher institutions text books will follow.

The delegation also paid a courtesy visit to Maridi National Teachers’ Institute, led by the speaker of the state legislative Assembly Bukulu Edward.

Bukulu hailed the visit and called upon the French embassy “to invest more in education in Western Equatoria state.”


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  • 13 February 2011 07:48, by BILLY

    Another way to colonize Africa!...I would rather learnt English then French!

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    • 13 February 2011 08:50, by Nhomlawda

      France is a stuborn player in Sudanese politics. They supported Khartoum during War time by persuading DR. Congo and CAR to allow SAF to use their territories to attack SPLA positions in South Sudan. France use their satellites to monitor SPLA positions and movements which were used by Khartoum to plan military activities including aerial bombardments of SPLA positions.
      Anyway, it is good to learn French since there are no permanent friends and enemies in politics. Total is a main player in South Sudan oil industry and there is no way France can be avoided in South Sudan.
      South Sudan do not need language without serious development projects. Establish a French primay and secondary baording schools in South Sudan fully funded by France. Trained students there and send them to universities in France. Doing so will increase French influence in the region.

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      • 13 February 2011 10:01, by Victory

        Where were the france during the struggle?people were dying in South Sudan & non showed up to help except english nations,france was in her confort zone,now coming up to talk nonsens,i love english language & iam satisfied with it..long live South Sudan.

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    • 13 February 2011 11:46, by Mach Achiek


      French and English are both Europeans languages

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    • 13 February 2011 14:59, by Wensi

      mmmh! The swarming of europeans countries into south sudan will one day be an introduction of something else. If South Sudanese are not careful they will be fragmmented into sections and ruled from afar. What’s the point of introducing French to the state? I can’t see its benefit to the state. If they want their language to be learned in Western Equatoria, then why don’t they take some students to France to learn it as that would be the easy way of learning it easily and quickly. Peering into the darkness ya Junuubin! Disunity in the country will also lure some groups of destructors into our beloved country. Be Vigilant Please about the future of South Sudan.

      The one and the only Patriot!!!

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    • 13 February 2011 17:02, by Ito

      I don’t think itis a good idea to take french lessons in south sudan. English is already approved by the council of ministers to be official language and Swhaili will follow suit in the near future. This way of neocolonialism is not accepted any again. British colonies have English as official and French the same, so why bring French to add up to the already official languages for the country.


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    • 13 February 2011 19:08, by Deng Ateny Lueth

      HEY, dears brothers and sisters from People Republic of South Sudan, i thinks we have fulfilled the desire want out of our long struggle which was creating a new nation that ACCEPT ALL. but i think now is a time to seek advises from right sources from patriotic African nations, i thinks they will be consulted for South Sudan developmental advices. i think our ENEMIES in the North have already given hind on what will happen to south after separation. some individuals said that south will colonized by the western world if they separate, but i think that predictions is about to come right to the target. french is seriously going to be changing agents to interfer in to our own affairs plus some other external influential agents im unable to mention now for some personal security reason.

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  • 13 February 2011 10:33, by Malaika Tat

    Dear South Sudanese,

    We all know that development is the core strategy in such situation, But one thing I should put forward that; France is playing dirty games in Africa Countries since colonization time up to know.Take the situation of France colonized countries in Africa they did’t get full Independent of their countries, Every thing is under France control; especially the recent political situation in Ivory Coast, it has been fueled by France Government with the target of forcing a loser to sworn in as a president because of his reputation collaboration with France Government.

    And more so Rwanda change recently from French to English because of what they learnt bad part of French.

    my question is are they colonizing Western Equatoria or South Sudan or what are they planning? As they said that they need Western Equatorians to cooperate with French Colonized countries, Instead I proposed those neighboring countries to learn English rather than South Sudanese people to French language.

    I am appealing to South Sudan Government to intervene in such issue because it’s a big problem for future of our Nation. South Sudan is still a new nation and so many developed countries are going to scramble over it, not only French but the rest are warming themselves toward South Sudan. It’s better to "prevent problem than to cure"

    we should not rush for such projects, they are destroyers not developers. If they are aiming for development, they would have come with English syllabus since they know that Sudan has been colonized by British and its official language is English.


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  • 13 February 2011 11:57, by Xeno

    HMmmmm,...FRENCH ASSIMILATION OF SOUTH SUDAN IN THE MAKING: people should bewared to not let developmental pledges duped them into exploitations, I hope pple of WE know that!

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  • 13 February 2011 12:22, by Liberator

    Dear: Readers

    This is out the playbook of french foreign which is states;

    destabilized and robbed the resources of the weakest state in

    Africa if that possible. I see UPPER VOLTA 1983 written all

    over this type of gesture by the French in the name of shame

    development in disguise! In which Thomas Sankara was murdered by French supported coup by orcherasted by a close friend of his the current president of Burkina Faso(formerly known as the UPPER VOLTA) Blaise Camporaore.

    Thomas Sankara was a strong opponent of French involvement in Africa. In which he accused France of not wanting Africa to be independent and feed herself by constantly interfering with its development.

    Thomas Sankara the youngest Africa leader when he came to power in 1983 at of 27 was deposed and assassinated four years later in 1987.

    I hope and pray that South Sudan leadership call on all our sons & daughters in diaspora who know to well the tricks of

    the western world especially the Europeans countries in particular, to come back home and placed them in the

    ministries that deals with Foreign, National security and defense policies, so that they can safeguard our sovereignty against this latest scrambles for South Sudan

    by Western, Eastern, and even Arab world in a rush to destabilized and robbed it out of its wealth.

    When you’re independent country, You’re an open book if you let every body in, without knowing what their interests are.!!

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  • 13 February 2011 13:00, by Liberator

    Dear: Readers
    In the New constution the review comitee should include the following eligiblity for the presidency:

    1. Drop the age from 40 to 35, After all we’re a nation of youth. its youth population under 35 is more than than 70%

    2. Make the transitional period to be only four Months after July.

    3. All the constitutional posts from the presidency to governorship up county commission must be contest in the election. each four year terms. presidency and governorship must be limited to two terms.
    4. I proposed a Bicameral parliament consist of lower house consists of the members voted in his/her district or county voters. each members must be voted in every two year two year term, no term limit. no term limit until defeated

    And the Upper house consist of two representatives from each state, voted in by all voters in his/her state.
    each members term must be voted in every four or five years term. no term limit until defeated

    5. All the appointed position from the ministries to Army Generals must be confirmed by the appropriate committees the upper house of parliament.

    6. cut all the ministries in Half...we don’t need all the 40 or so ministry, many of which are redundant

    7. My last appeal is that after July, I would like all the 20 0r so party to considered consolidating into two or three big parties, so that we can have a stable, strong governing and opposition part(ies) at the same time.

    Although, I’m a strong opponent of a one party system, which we all agreed should not happened after July,

    I would however, strongly urged all the parties to considered it for the benefit of soon to be our young nation in the long run.

    God Bless South Sudan!!!!!

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  • 13 February 2011 18:45, by Deng Ateny Lueth

    Damed, this is another line of divide to our people, European are not satified with their divide and rules which have created tremendous disunity among people of Africa at large. so why wounld People republic South Sudan allow Fench to come up with this plan. look what french did to Rwanda in 1994, and how it dancing around negatively in Haitian affair here in western hempheres.

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  • 13 February 2011 22:15, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    To GOSS

    The Matter of langauge mean everything in humanbeing life. It influence everythings, the people behaviour and do things. Langauge should be keep as for the Native African Language; we should not allow any foriegn devile ideolog in African community to tears us a part. Accept University Institutes of langauges where world would meet for business purpose only.

    Azande should ecourage only practicing their African mother tongue and those who help them to built their education system not Langauge foreign adoption language.

    Azande are central African people,they are not North-East African people. If not, sudanese can expel them back to Congo and Cameroon where they came. They do not have to bring confusion again in suadan. They have a history encoraging foreign to conduct Slave in the past by doing business foreign them. They were allowing slave traders pasting in their eyes.

    Goss should not allow any other langauge than English now for basic Education. Until we have change english in the nears future for African Langauge.

    Haoo!!! dear!! let not System of Rawanda,Burundi,dejibuti,Ivory cost not come here to sudan as the cost of breaking up the country into smallest group.
    This time no body have to mess up around in Africa. Africa is only for Africa people and Develope theirs own Languages.

    Tone of liberators


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  • 13 February 2011 23:32, by Garang

    Young men in many world countries nowadays are engaged in learning foreign languages to wider their chances in life in a world going competitive. To have more languages is not a bad thing.We are part of the global village where interaction with other nations requires knowing their languages and they knowing ours if we have a one. Ask foreign Consuls in Juba or Ambassadors in Khartoum about languages they know. For sure Arabic language is one of them. As many here are opposed to the idea of making learning French, and may be other languages official, let it be left to some states bordering other countries choose between which languages they would prefer to teach out of normal classes.You are talking of linking the new born nation to other African nations by rail ways and roads. Which language would you expect some body from Western Equatoria to communicate with the people of Central Africa CAR or of DRC Congo? I would prefer Kisawhil to be introduced as a a second official language in the independence South but let us allow Nuer and Anyuak of the Upper Nile State teach Amharic or other languages from Ethiopia or Eritrea to their children.

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    • 15 February 2011 05:25, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

      Garang: you sound redicules

      Kiswhalli is Arabic version.

      Do we have our African langauges in our sudanese community.
      All those foriegn we taking now is due to disadvantages time. We are learning them for just for time being.

      We take them for busines.
      If anyone claiming ours local langauge would have right in any cost. I know how it is learning other foreign have a lot of humiliation during learning.

      I enjoy learning any tribe langauge in sudan than taking devile European, Arab and other Asians langauges.

      Have no langauge mean you have noculture and simple creature of speechless people. Langauge to be Sudanes original not foriegn poke.

      Talk sudan! look sudan! Act sudan! Claim Sudan!. Talks any tribe langauge in sudan!! I would enjoy it the best of African tone!

      Let the Lord of the Nile bless our people langauge!! Kiirda!!!

      Tone of Liberator


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