In 1883 eminent figures from the domaines of art, science, and politics, such as Jules Verne and Louis Pasteur, along with other illustrious visionaries, designed the structure of the Alliance FranĂ§aise to ensure the influence of French language and culture around the world. Today, the Alliance FranĂ§aise network not only promotes French language, but also francophone as well as local cultures in a permanent and enriching dialogue.
The Alliance FranĂ§aise in Southern Africa includes French language training centres in Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe that teach French to over 5,000 students a year, and employ 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 wide-ranging cultural program that offers 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 bodies.
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 the Alliance FranĂ§aise branches, offering training, encouraging exchange, sharing skills, organising and coordinating projects related to cultural exchanges and communication.
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