INNOVATIONS TO BOOST BILINGUALISM
The Yaounde Conference Centre served as the venue for last Friday’s closing ceremony.
Bilingualism, on the one hand, is a constitutional option, and on the other, a legacy of French and English colonisation. It is an educational policy that aims at raising awareness among Cameroonian students at all levels of education about the importance of national integration through the use of French and English, the two official languages of equal value.
The 2019 National Week of Bilingualism, whose activities were launched on Monday 28 January 2019 in MBANDJOCK, was celebrated under the theme: “Bilingualism: a binding force for national integration, a springboard for peace and development.”
This theme that has been echoed throughout the week of celebrations like a drumbeat to awaken consciences and a rallying song. Throughout the week, the Ministry of Secondary Education was committed to raising the awareness of the educational community about its innovative teaching projects and the promotion of bilingualism, such as the Special Bilingual Education Programme.
Last Friday, the Yaounde Conference Centre served as the venue for the closing ceremony of the said week and it was, presided over by Professor Nalova LYONGA.
A ceremony packed with music and colour, during which a televised debate took place involving students from some four regions of the country. The debate was thus between students who defended the advantages of integrated bilingualism and those who spoke out loud and clear about the benefits of parallel bilingualism.
As a reminder, integrated bilingualism refers to the use of English and French, while parallel bilingualism is the use of English or French in an institution in particular and in the society in general.
According to the Minister of Secondary Education (MINESEC), “Cameroonians must love bilingualism as much as they love football”.
In fact, learners today are confronted with an interconnected world and are affected by globalisation in all aspects of their lives. Therefore, the ability to communicate fluently in French and English is a huge advantage for an emerging Cameroon by the year 2035.
Taking advantage of the occasion, the Secretary General of MINESEC Mr BISSE Bea, during his speech, succinctly presented the balance sheet of the activities carried out during the past year.
On a completely different level, the best workers from the central services of MINESEC, who distinguished themselves by their punctuality, assiduity, professionalism and respect for the hierarchy, were rewarded.
Another innovation is that special prizes were personally awarded by Minister to some staff on the basis of ethics, loyalty and hard work.
By Guillaume EYEBE EYEBE CEA 1/CELCOM