National Center for Teacher Professional Development celebrated
the French language and the International Francophonie Day. The event organized
by the French Institute of Georgia was opened by Lia Gigiauri, the Deputy
Minister of the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, Manana Ratiani,
the Deputy Director of TPDC and Jean-Yves Lavoir, the Director of French
Institute of Georgia.
The winners and students of French-speaking contests organized by
the French Institute of Georgia were awarded at the event. Moreover, two French
language teachers were nominated who won the French government scholarship for
a short-term teaching internship in France.
The ceremony was attended by Didier Leroy, the acting French Ambassador
in Georgia, Luke Beglinger, the Swiss Confederation Ambassador in Georgia and
other officials of the diplomatic missions to Georgia, also, French language
teachers and professors of school and universities and their students.
The International Francophonie Organization includes 57 member
states and 20 observer countries (including Georgia). One third of the UN
member states population speaks French language, and in all five continents more
than 220 million people speak French language. The French-speaking population
after the German speaking population is the most numerous in Europe.