A "New Caledonia Cultural and Educational Space" at Telopea Park School, Canberra [fr]
The inauguration of a New Caledonia "Cultural and Educational Space", boasting 150 art works such as books, comic strips, novels and DVDs, took place on 25 September at Telopea Park School, in Canberra.
The ceremony was held in the presence of the Australian Principal, Mrs Kerrie BLAIN, the Headmaster in charge of the French section, Mr David BINAN, and 80 primary and secondary students, accompanied by twelve of their teachers.
According to Yves LAFOY, Official Representative of New Caledonia to Australia, based at the French Embassy in Canberra, "this Space, funded by the New Caledonian Delegation in Australia, represents a showcase for and a footprint of New Caledonia at Telopea Park School ". It meets five main objectives:
- to promote the French-speaking world (la francophonie) in Canberra, French being the second most taught foreign language in Australia,
- to increase the visibility of New Caledonia in Canberra, particularly through the diversity of its languages and cultures,
- to foster relations between the government of New Caledonia, the Pacific Centre for International Meetings and Exchanges (CREIPAC), the network of Alliances françaises d’Australie, and the French-English bilingual schools established in Australia,
- to meet the strong demand expressed by the 1,520 students enrolled at Telopea Park School, and to strengthen the school twinning arrangements that have existed since 2015 with the Georges Baudoux collège and the Jules Garnier lycée in Nouméa,
- to promote New Caledonia as a tourist destination - particularly linguistic - among Telopea Park School students and their families.
Listen here to the interview Yves Lafoy gave to Telopea’s webradio called « Radio’Z Pacifique »