On 7th April, the Second Vice-President of the Chamber of Deputies, Evangelina Filomena Oyo Ebule, in representation of the First Lady, attended the commemoration of twenty years since the creation of the French School in Malabo.
The event as attended by various representatives from the political, social and cultural life in our country, together with accredited ambassadors and diplomatic heads in Equatorial Guinea.
Oyo Ebule began her speech by welcoming in name of Constancia Mangue de Obiang the organisation of the celebration, pointing out that the French language has been adopted as the second official language in Equatorial Guinea and, as such, the desire for it to be taught has become one of the priorities of the country’s education system.
The adhesion of the country to speaking French was the idea of the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who, seeing the cultural situation of our country, located within surroundings where languages such as English, French or Portuguese predominate, decided to open up to French-speaking, with Equatorial Guinea being the first non French-speaking country to join the group in 1981, recalled the Vice-President.
In application of this belonging regarding French-speaking, the Head of State decided to finance the construction of the French School in Malabo,which currently has 450 students.
Finally, Oyo Ebule praised the team of teachers at the school for keeping it going, and expressed the desire to increase its levels of teaching to further and higher degree level.
Following these words, the activities planned by the school management to mark the celebration began, including the singing of the Equatoguinean and French national anthems, the presentation of plays, poetry recitals, traditional dances and games, for the splendid turnout that came to encourage the little ones.
The final scenes included a photo that will serve as a souvenir for the school, and the cutting of a cake which was shared among everyone, as a symbol of peace, union, love and brotherhood.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea