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Why Offer the PYP in French?

PYP in French in brief

Eastwood offers the PYP in French due to the significance of the French language to Lebanon’s history, culture, and present day affairs, and due to the rise and growth of French on the global stage.

Speaking one of the leading languages of business, education, science, technology, commerce and trade is a form of power and access to greater opportunity, and we aim to provide that power and opportunity to students.

Where the world’s 300 million French speakers live

WESTERN EUROPE
43.9%
SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
34.8%
MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA
12.9%
NORTH AMERICA
4.4%
CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE
1.8%
LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN
1.6%
ASIA & OCEANIA
0.6%
Primary Years Programme in French PYP EIS

A Rich History

French: a language of growing
global importance

French has a rich history in Lebanon. Until Lebanon gained its independence in 1943, it was a French protectorate. Lebanon and its people embraced the French language and culture, and French remains to this day one of the official languages of the nation. France itself continues to support the growth and development of Lebanon as one of its primary political and economic and educational partners.

The historical and continuing relationship between Lebanon and France makes the French language an integral part of life and success in Lebanon. In fact, at the end of 2018, the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the French Government, and UNESCO launched a joint project intended to provide access to and equity of French language instruction by promoting effective, high-quality instruction in French for children in vulnerable demographic populations in Lebanon.

During a meeting of a high-level panel at the launch of the project, Mr. Fadi Yarak, Director General of the Ministry of Education, stated, “The Lebanese people have a strong attachment to French culture, which forms an integral part of our education. They have identified freely with the French culture, and continue to do so in trust and loyalty….

In the era of globalization, Francophonie continues to promote the universal values of human rights, inherited from the Enlightenment; through this project we will make sure that French continues to have a strong place in our culture and our education system” (“UNESCO and the Ministry of Education,” 2018).

Not only is French a part of the historical and cultural fabric of Lebanon, but it is a language of growing global importance. Data from a study conducted in 2014 by the investment bank Natixis shows significant growth in the number of people speaking French, particularly in the parts of the world that are growing and developing most quickly. The data suggests that by the year 2050, over 750 million people worldwide will speak French (Gobry, 2014).

Currently, there are 300 million French speakers across the globe, making it the fifth most-spoken language in the world (Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, 2018). Further, the majority of people who speak French actually reside outside of France and Western Europe. According to a 2018 report issued by the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, only 43.9% of French speakers reside in Western Europe, while the remaining 56.1% are spread across the globe, with a growing concentration in fast-developing Africa. In many countries where a multitude of languages are spoken, as is the case in many African countries, French is used as the lingua franca to facilitate communication in the worlds of business and commerce and education.

France and Lebanon. France Diplomatie. Retrieved from
https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/lebanon/france-and-lebanon/

Gobry, P. (2014, March 21). Want To Know The Language Of The Future? The Data Suggests It Could Be...French. Forbes. Retrieved from
https://www.forbes.com/

Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. (2018). La Langue Française dans le monde. Retrieved from Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie website:
http://observatoire.francophonie.org/2018/synthese.pdf

UNESCO and the Ministry of Education launch a project to support Francophone teaching and learning in Lebanon. (2018). UNESCO. Retrieved from
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/beirut/single-view/news/unesco_and_the_ministry_of_education_launch_a_project_to_sup/
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