Thursday 19 September 2013
A cooperation agreement between five institutions marks an unprecedented development in the bilateral relationship between the Cook Islands and France as well as the Cook Islands and New Caledonia.
The agreement, which is aimed at promoting within the Cook Islands education system and to the general public quality teaching and learning of the French language will see the introduction of French language lessons at Nukutere College and Apii Te Uki Ou Primary School in Rarotonga.
The cooperation, involving the Embassy of France in New Zealand, the Government of New Caledonia, the Cook Islands Ministry of Education, the France-Volontaires Association and the Alliance francaise of Rarotonga will involve a voluntary French language assistant, Ms Lauriane Botella, working with the Alliance francaise of Rarotonga and the Cook Islands Ministry of Education for a two-year period.
Under the Agreement, from September 23rd, 2013, Ms Botella will be tasked with carrying out educational and cultural activities within the framework of the Alliance Francaise as well as introductory French language lessons at Nukutere and Te Uki Ou.