Support for multilingualism in public administration [fr]
On 13 August Ms. Marie-Pierre Giron, chargé d’affaires of the French Embassy, and Mr. Vincent Boulekone, President of the Alliance Française in Vanuatu, signed a grant MOU for a project called "Training of civil servants and “Francophonie” in 2014". Mr. Christophe Muluane, Director of the Vanuatu Training Institute of Public Administration (VIPAM) was also in attendance.
from left to right, Mr. Vincent Boulekone, President of the Alliance française, Ms. Marie-Pierre Giron, chargé d’affaires at the French embassy, Mr. Christophe Muluane, director of VIPAM.
The project was approved on 3 July 2014 for the amount of € 25,000 (3,125,000 VT) by the Joint Commission set up by the Regional Cooperation Agreement between France / New Caledonia and the Republic of Vanuatu.
Carried out since several years by the French Alliance in Port Vila in coordination with VIPAM, this program aims at strengthening “Francophonie” in various departments of the Government of Vanuatu. Thus, officials wishing to learn or improve their French language level can benefit from free courses. The Alliance Française education coordinator, Ms. Joana Collomb, who is in charge of the project, works closely with Mr. Christophe Muluane and Mr. Pierrick Lesines, coordinator of the French training and short-term scholarships for VIPAM. VIPAM convey the training needs of government departments to the Alliance Française. The project also provides VIPAM trainers with computer equipment (hard drives, computers, overhead projectors, etc.) every year.
Before the beginning of each term, the various courses are advertised via the internet of the Government of Vanuatu and via the Alliance Française through its website and its Facebook page, or through the local media (radio, newspaper).
The 2014 program will offer courses in several islands of the archipelago, in SANMA, TAFEA and MALAMPA Provinces. These courses will be organized with the help of VIPAM trainers.
from left to right, Ms. Joana Collomb, education coordinator at the Alliance française, Mr. Vincent Boulekone, President of the Alliance française, Ms. Marie-Pierre Giron, chargé d’affaires at the French embassy, Mr. Christophe Muluane, director of VIPAM, Mr. Georges Cumbo, director of the Alliance française, Ms. Dominique Vaysse, education attaché.
According to Mr. Georges Cumbo, Managing Director of the Alliance Française, "this project plays an essential role in keeping and respecting Francophonie in Vanuatu. It strengthens multilingualism. It obviously benefits civil servants but also mainly the community, the users of state services. This program makes it possible to respect the requirements of article 64 of the Constitution according to which "every citizen of Vanuatu may obtain, in the official languages that he uses, the services which he may rightfully expect from the administration of the Republic of Vanuatu." The program enjoys a growing success every year: for example, 92 officials were trained in 2012 and 212 officials in 2013!
On the occasion of the signature of the grant MOU, the Alliance Française presented VIPAM with a computer and an overhead projector. These pieces of equipment were funded through the project "Training of officials and Francophonie 2013."