Once a year, Kenya vibrates to the rhythm of the Francophone celebrations and the peak of those events is the International Francophonie Day. Last year it gathered around 4500 students at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. This year is also expected to host 4500 students and around 10 embassies from the Francophonie world who’ve confirmed their attendance.
Every year, the event is hosted in a university for 2 consecutive years. This year again, it will take place at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) on Sunday 24th of March, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Francophonie Day is observed within the International Organization of La Francophonie’s 77 member states every March 20 to celebrate the French language and Francophone culture. On earth, there are over 369 million French speakers. This day was created in 1988, the date celebrates the signing of the Niamey Convention in Niger on 20 March 1970. The convention established the Agence de Coopération Culturelle et Technique, the precursor to the International Organization of La Francophonie.
This year the event will be opened by, Mr. Hatem Landoulsi in his capacity as ambassador of Tunisia in Kenya.
Every year, the International Francophonie Day in Kenya happens the first Sunday after the 20th of March. It is the culmination of an exciting fortnight (Quinzaine de la Francophonie) of numerous events of diverse nature happening in the country (in Alliance Française, schools offering French as a subject, among others)
It is held in a strategic Kenyan university. This year again, the Catholic University of East Africa, CUEA will host the International Francophonie Day due to its regional focus, many facilities and its exceptional location.
This 2-year partnership will ideally lead to the establishment of a department of French in CUEA University. The aim of this day is to promote French as a Foreign language by giving it some visibility which is at the same time diplomatic (various embassies and other
international public institutions represented), academic (Institutions of higher learning represented) but also pedagogic (the main audience still remains students) with various games, videos, competitions etc. essentially dedicated to students, most of them
coming from Primary and Secondary schools.
Some of the institutions expected to take part in the Quinzaine de la Francophonie (a fortnight of french language and culture) are; the Alliance Française, the French school – Denis Diderot, schools across the country and many other Francophone institutions.
Scheduled events include, the pétanque tournaments (a sport that falls into the category of boules sports, along with raffa, bocce, boule lyonnaise, lawn bowls and crown green bowling), Francophonie days in the provinces’ schools together with KATF (Kenya Association of Teachers of French).