By Richard Akandwanaho
France’s strategy for French language and multilingualism is to promote teaching, communication and creation in French.
With over 300 million speakers worldwide, majority (59% in 2018) being in Africa and aged below 30 years, French, the 5th most spoken language in the world, is no longer a property of France but a truly global language.
French is the only language alongside English which is spoken in all the continents and is the official language of 32 States and governments.
French is the second most taught language, after English, on all the five continents. In 2018, over 50 million people were learning French as a foreign language.
French is the second most used language in diplomacy, 3rd in business and 4th on the internet.
In Uganda, French is the second most taught foreign language in institutions of learning and more and more learners are choosing French. Currently, there are about 7,000 learners of French at primary, secondary and tertiary levels, with some 405 teachers all over the country.
Besides creating a link between French/Francophone and Ugandan cultures, Alliance Française enrolls more than 1,000 students per year to learn French, alongside English, Spanish, Kiswahili and Luganda, in the spirit of multilingualism.
Founded 40 years ago, the Association of Teachers of French in Uganda (APFO) works closely with the government to promote and defend French language in Uganda.