MoU on cooperation in education signed between France and South Australia [fr]
On 12 April 2017, the Minister for Education Susan Close and the Ambassador of France to Australia His Excellency Christophe Lecourtier signed a four-year Memorandum of Understanding in Adelaide to allow for the development of cultural and language exchanges.
The arrangement includes a commitment to explore reciprocal teacher exchange arrangements through the French government’s Jules Verne Program, and participation in the Language Teaching Assistants Program.
The signature of this agreement took place shortly after an enhanced bilateral strategic partnership between France and Australia was signed on 3 March 2017 in Melbourne by Ms Julie Bishop and Mr Jean-Marc Ayrault, the Ministers for Foreign Affairs in Australia and France respectively. In this very ambitious document, cooperation between the two countries in education is clearly indicated as a priority, particularly regarding the development of bilingual schools.
Education is also an important component of the France-South Australia relationship, formalised last year in the framework of an MOU between the Government of South Australia and Team France Australie, which gathers the different services of the Embassy and all the institutional actors with a French presence in Australia.
This newly signed MOU is not simply a guideline for the future or projects in the making, as it is already being enacted by teachers and students, with the first bilingual section opened at the beginning of the 2017 school year at Highgate School for two classes (Reception and Year 1). The section has received a wonderful response from the community and holds very promising potential.
For further information regarding the MoU, please visit: http://economic.priorities.sa.gov.au/news?a=17040
For further information regarding Highgate School’s bilingual program, please visit: http://web.highgates.sa.edu.au/parent-information/bilingual-french-program-at-highgate-school/