Cooperation in education field between France and Pakistan
Inauguration of a linguistic laboratory and launching ceremony of French Online at the University of Agriculture in Faisalabad by H.E. Mr. Pierre Charasse, Ambassador of France to Pakistan
(Faisalabad, May 18, 2004)
“H.E. Mr. Pierre Charasse, Ambassador of France to Pakistan, inaugurated today a linguistic laboratory established by the University of Agriculture of Faisalabad in the department of continuing education. On this occasion, Mr. Pierre Charasse launched French Online programme, a multimedia project using the information and communication technology (ICT). After the welcome address by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Bashir Ahmed (Azaze-Fazeellat), and the MOU singing ceremony, the French Ambassador, delivered a lecture on the learning of French language and the role of the information and communication technology in development.
Earlier, the Ambassador said that the learning of French language is only the stepping-stone. In fact, it opens other vistas of cooperation and increases the exchange between France and Pakistan. The Ambassador explained that the learning of French language gives the access to the “francophone world”. Indeed, French is spoken by more than 181 million people across 5 continents and is learned by nearly 83 million people. This language constitutes a link between 56 countries which are sharing French, the one of the six languages used in the United Nations.
He also emphasized on the impact of the ICT on the sustainable development, and noticed that the gap between the countries of the North and the developing countries in the South is greater than ever in this field. That is why it is necessary to build a digital solidarity in order to overcome the digital divide between the North and the South.
He added that ICT could be a tool of development, but it would be naïve to think that the new technologies could eradicate the poverty, the exploitation of women and children. Indeed, basic needs have to be provided, such as the access to electricity, telephone, health, employment and literacy.... New technologies can be very helpful because of the opportunities they offer in all fields, but in any case, they can be a substitute to the lack of policies and resources to address the most fundamental needs of million of men, women and children in the world.
Since the nineties, teaching of languages through the medium of the Internet has been developed in the entire world, due to the globalization and the era of communication in the modern world. He said that the learning of the foreign languages is a fundamental right of human being. It opens a window on new value systems, leads to the intercultural comprehension and contributes to the reduction of racial prejudice and xenophobia.
The French government’s policy of the dissemination of the French language rests on two basic principles: solidarity with the countries partners and the promotion of dialogue between cultures in view to strengthen the cultural diversity. In this perspective, the information society should be founded on the respect of cultures, should serve democracy, good governance and peace.
In fact, hundred of idioms, dialects disappear every year, and in many cases it is a definitive lost for the cultural heritage of the humanity. A part of the memory of the human being is vanishing. That’s why, France is so active to fight for the defence of cultural diversity, and is promoting actually the negotiation of a universal convention in the UNESCO. All these fundamental values make the respect of the others an essential key in this global village.”