NDA - French Language Learning Support program
On the 15th of November 2018, the French Ambassador, Jérôme Pasquier, accompanied by the French Embassy’s Defense attaché and French Language attaché, visited the Nigerian Defense Academy (NDA) to launch the French Language Learning Support program (F2LS) at the Nigerian Defense Academy in Kaduna.
The event was attended by over 500 military and civil personnel from the Ministry of Defence - among whom 400 cadets, beneficiaries of this pilot program.
The day-long visit ended with a stop at the Alliance Française in Kaduna, the main service provider on this project, in the presence of Alliance Française’s partner schools.
This ambitious and innovative program of “French language Teaching in a Military setting” which was developed by the French defense cooperation service in close collaboration with the authorities of the NDA, will give 16 groups of 25 cadets each (an entire group of first year cadets) access to French lessons.
The major pillars of this program will be as follows:
- To support the NDA’s teachers with an additional team of eight teachers from the Alliance Française, major partner on this project being financed by France;
- To provide the language manuals/textbooks (En Avant!);
- To integrate the internationally recognized DELF certification modules to successive levels A1, A2, B1.
Since 1964, the NDA has been training young officers to join the Nigerian Armed Forces. Its new program will incorporate a French language module which is now organized to continue for 4 successive academic years with the integration of a new set of officers each year. This F2LS program will ultimately bring all the NDA cadets (a total of between 1600 and 2000 persons following the classes every year) to the French B1 level.
The young officers will therefore join their operational units as from 2023 not only with a mastery of the French language but also with specific military vocabulary which will allow them to communicate and coordinate with their French and francophone counterparts in the sub region as much within the context of the fight against terrorism as within that of the fight against maritime insecurity.
The F2LS project constitutes the first component of a more vast cooperation program which will integrate specific projects aimed at mid-level officers as well as senior officers and generals of central command levels of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The day-long visit ended with a stop at the Alliance Française of Kaduna, the main service provider on the F2LS project, in the presence of Alliance Française’s partner schools.
- The Ambassador, Jérôme Pasquier (center), with the team of the Alliance Française and some of the pupils attending the French language classes - Kaduna, 15 November 2018