French supporters assembling for roundtable discussion

March 20 is the International Day of Francophone. The Universidad de Costa Rica plans to take an applicable and celebratory look into French culture with an expert-laden roundtable discussion.

Titled “The Challenges of Francophone in the 21st Century,” the event aims to pinpoint the importances and positive impacts of teaching French to the nation’s youth. Partaking will be language-focused academic heads and Costa Rican ambassadors of French-affiliated nations like Switzerland, Canada, and France.

The talk is being put on by the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, which explains its international mission as not only promoting the language and culture of France, but also endorsing peace and human rights. The group has numerous member countries worldwide and qualifying nations are those who are deemed to have a large presence of French culture in their borders, explaining why many of the former French colonies are members.

The March 20 presentation lasts from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will be held in the university’s Joaquín Gutiérrez auditorium.

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