In 1883, prominent figures of the arts, sciences, and politics, such as Jules Verne and Louis Pasteur, along with other visionaries, designed the structure ofÂ the Alliance FranĂ§aise to ensure the presence of French language and culture around the world. Nowadays, the Alliance FranĂ§aise network still promotes the French language but also francophone and local cultures in a permanent and enriching dialogue.
The Alliance FranĂ§aise in Southern Africa comprises French language training centres in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, teaching French to over 5 000 students a year, with more than 100 teachers. The Alliance FranĂ§aise also offers a variety of workshops that make the learning experience more fun (French through music, French cuisine, theatre, travel...) as well as special programmes for youngsters from 6 to 14 years old.
With over 400 projects a year, the Alliance FranĂ§aise provides a diverse cultural program presenting a unique mix of music, theatre, visual arts and dance, with the support of the French Embassies, the French Institute of South Africa and in partnership with local companies and cultural entities.
Based at the Alliance FranĂ§aise of Johannesburg, the DĂ©lĂ©gation gĂ©nĂ©rale represents the Fondation Alliance FranĂ§aise in Southern Africa and is in charge of leading the network of Alliance FranĂ§aise branches, offering training, encouraging exchange, sharing skills, and organising and coordinating projects related to cultural exchanges and communication.