French conference an African first

08 September 2008

In a first for the continent, South Africa has won the bid to host the 13th International Federation of Teachers of French (FIPF) Conference in 2012.

Despite the fact that, numerically, the majority of French-speakers reside on the continent, the FIPF's four-yearly conference, which is attended by as many as 2 000 delegates from 110 countries, has never been held on African soil.

The Association for French Studies in Southern Africa presented the bid at the 12th FIPF conference in Québec City, Canada, in July.

This is a collaborative venture with academics from a variety of South African universities, with support from the Service de Coopération et d'Action Culturelle of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Vanessa Everson of UCT's School of Languages and Literatures.

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