The Alliance Française team represent diversity. We all share a passion for the French language, which is either our mother tongue or our language of education. However we got hooked on the language, love it and love sharing it with people.
Our teachers are qualified teachers, either holders of Masters in teaching French as a Foreign Language or trained through various programmes implemented through the Embassy of France in Zimbabwe and training centres in France. We even have teachers who are accredited trainers of trainers. Our teachers are never alone and can benefit from the skills of those, interacting between the team in Bulawayo and of the Alliance française of Harare.
Most of our teachers are also accredited assessors of the DELF exams, an internationally recognized diploma from the French Ministry of Education for Speakers of French as a Foreign Language.
The daily affairs of the centre are managed by the director, M. Philippe Durand-Massé, in tight relationship with the local Board of Members (Committee) of the Association.
Philippe holds a Master in FLE (Français Langue Etrangère - French as a foreign Language). He has worked in several countries in Africa, Asia and South America where he held posts such as school headmaster, educational adviser as well as project manager. Philippe is a french civil servant. Currently, he is the director of the Alliance française in Bulawayo.
Patience Huni is a young lady who grew up in the city of Bulawayo. She holds a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Records and Archives Management from the National University of Science and Technology, previously she worked as an intern at Africa University in Mutare. She is curently working towards obtaining Master's Degree in the same field.
Alliance Française de Bulawayo Educational team:
Our teachers are :
Jessica Chitura holds a Bachelor’s Degree in French and Spanish studies from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA. She has taught language classes both in USA and abroad to a variety of ages. Languages are her passion!
Elizabeth Ngoie Mukadi is a Congolese national, she has been based in Bulawayo since 2003.Elizabeth is a French teacher by profession and has taught the French language for 14 years in the DRC in private secondary schools.
Originally from Russia, Kristina Turovskaya has graduated from Kamchatka State University (Russia) in 2008 as a Master of Linguistics, Translation and Interpreting English and Japanese languages. Further she pursued studying of Japanese language in Anabuki Business College (Japan). Moving to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in 2010, Kristina got involved in French language and culture of Bulawayo community. After completing various training courses and exams, in 2012 Kristina has joined the team of Alliance francaise de Bulawayo as a full-time teacher. She never stops self-improving and is completing the ProFle program, professional educational program for French language teachers.
Sisikelelwe Sibanda gratuated in 2016 from the Early Childhood Development Program at the United College of Education in Bulawayo. She is passionate about children and loves teaching Language Arts. She adores the French language and holds a DELF B1 certification from Alliance Française. Sisikelelwe attended in January 2017 a "French courses for kids" training program in Mozambique. She is currently working towards developing her competency level, all the while teaching the children's courses on site.
Mthulisi Ncube is a determined and self motivated man. He has taught French for a number of years. His interest among others are in developmental projects and community development. In whatever work he does, he shows determination and does it to the best of his ability.
Noella Ilunga Leshi is a Congolese national who has resided in Bulawayo since 2011. She holds a degree in Economic and Social Law from the UPC Protestant University of the Democratic Republic of Congo. She has worked in several sectors, including working as a secretary for an airline company, a trainee teacher in a primary school. She now devotes herself to teaching French as a Foreign Language.
And Eckem Dube takes care of our premises and beautiful garden.