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Latest News: France taking the lead in school development: Language- and Digital Power

ul0022-0472eLearningworld News from France

France is now implementing its grand digitalisation plan for school. This plan is based on the lessons learned from the large-scale experiments during recent years. The French government will invest 1 billion euros over the next 3 years for digital education development with focus on teacher training, equipment, resources and innovation. Last week the Minister of Education, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, also presented a strategy with focus on the importance of modern language skills that will be implemented from September 2016. The Minister said that “in an era of globalization, knowledge of modern languages ​​is necessary not only in terms of employability and skills needed to address today’s world, but also to be part of an overall vision which transcends geographical and national boundaries “. She also used a quote from Goethe to launch the new modern language initiative: “Wer nicht kennt fremde Sprachen, weiß nichts von seiner eigenen” (Maximen und Refexionen, II, Nr.23, 91), in translation: “One who knows no foreign languages ​​knows nothing of his own language.” Source: Ministry of Education in France

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