Inauguration of the new premises of Alliance française de Kampala
The new premises of Alliance française de Kampala, located on plot 52 Bukoto Street in Kamwokya, were inaugurated on Tuesday 25th November 2014. In this new building which is bigger, easily identifiable and accessible, shared with its German partner, Goethe Zentrum - Ugandan German Cultural Society, Alliance française will continue to offer various cultural programmes and quality French lessons to its visitors.
More than 100 guests took part in the ceremony that was graced by the Right Honourable Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, Her Excellency the Ambassador of France to Uganda, Sophie Makame, His Excellency the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Uganda, Dr. Peter Blomeyer, the Director of UGCS, Carolin Christgau, the Director of Alliance française de Kampala, José-Maria Queiros, the Board chairperson of Alliance française de Kampala, Dr. Milburga Atcero, and the board chair of UGCS, Denis Ruharo.
In their speeches, the Ambassadors of France and Germany underscored the importance of learning foreign languages, making a case for the vibrancy of the Franco-German friendship. At the time when we commemorate the centenary anniversary of the first world war, the inauguration of this building was indeed an opportunity to recall the strides made by the two neighbours since the last century : an exemplary reconciliation as the Prime Minister pointed out.
The Ambassador of France, who was happy to inaugurate the new building after several attempts made in the last few months at identifying a suitable site for new learners, in particular emphasized the dedication of the directors of the two centres. She indicated how much learning French was an asset in Uganda, a country neighbouring the biggest francophone country in the World, the DRC, and member of the East African Community (EAC) for which French has been proposed as one of the official languages besides English and Kiswahili. French, a language spoken by more than 274 000 people in 77 countries also offers a chance to access higher education in France where each year nearly 300 000 foreign students are admitted, making France the 3rd most popular destination for foreign students.
Created in 1954, Alliance française de Kampala conducts French classes for all levels and for the general public. Frequented by more than 1000 students par year, it also offers several cultural events, regular or occasional : film projections, concerts, etc., as way of promoting francophone and Uganda cultures.