In order to highlight French-speaking World (Francophonie) Week, Shanghai French School organised numerous events and activities, and celebrated French language which unifies a common cultural environment for all French speakers and those who love this beautiful language.
By welcoming students from over 40 nationalities and offering them the French curriculum together with a dedicated path for students who only begin learning French to fit in the French education system, Shanghai French School is a true bearer of theses values in Shanghai.
This week allowed our students to play with words, discover new countries sharing a common language but also to become aware of the cultural diversity within the French-speaking world.
After an opening ceremony danced by students and teachers in the sun, Yangpu campus transformed into a giant museum, inviting us to discover works from different classes around Francophone countries. Students from kindergarten and primary school sent us into a beautiful journey through continents made of drawings, pictures, poems, sculptures, and games.
The students from K3 were able to explore the artistic work of Seydou Keita, a Malian photographer, and take pictures inspired from his portraits.
Students from Grade 1 also had the chance to be initiated to serigraphy and made their own T-shirt in tribute to various French-speaking countries.
The canteens also offered a special Menu dedicated to French-speaking countries typical recipes throughout the week: Canadian poutine, mafé from Senegal or even Moroccan couscous were proposed for everyone’s delight. The students from Grade 2 made bread and cheese.
Students from Grade 3 finished the week with the Francophonie dictation, a perfect opportunity for them to review the different words learnt this week thanks to the ‘’Tell Me Ten Words’’ exhibition on the theme ‘’The Air’’, exposed in the Libraries of our two campuses.
The International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), which celebrates its 50 years of existence this year, reminds us that there are 300 million French speakers in the world, 78% of whom use French daily, making French language the 4th language the most used on the internet.