ANNUAL REPORT OF THE SUB-DEPARTMENT OF FRENCH FOR THE YEAR 2012
2012 was a great year for the Sub-Department of French
REGIONAL RESOURCE CENTRE FOR FRENCH
This regional (Nairobi and its environs) resource centre that the Sub-
Department of French was accorded the honour of hosting and which
had been installed in 2011, was officially inaugurated by the French
Ambassador to Kenya Mr.Etienne de Poncins in March 2012 in the
presence of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nairobi and senior officials of both the University of Nairobi and of the French Embassy in Kenya
Throughout the year 2012 schools and other parties made use of the
resource centre for learning, teaching and research purposes.
On March 18, soon after the inauguration of the regional resource centre,
the Sub-Department of French enjoyed further honour by hosting the
culmination of the annual Francophony week, the Francophony Day,
which witnessed a record attendance by schools, universities and private firms on the University of Nairobi Sports fields.
CERFRUNA FRENCH DAY
Cerfruna, the French Club of the Unversity of Nairobi organised a most
successful French Day on May 5 2012. The event attracted participants
from as far afield as Nakuru with the venue availed by the University a student dining hall, proving to be too small. The club benefitted from the financial support of the directors of PSILON, Ms. Sylvia Amisi (an alumnus of the Sub-Department of French) and Mr. Clement Mwangi, both of whom work as international interpreters and translators and who were present at the function and offered words of encouragement to all the learners of French present. Valuable material and moral support also came from the director of the Bureau for Language Cooperation of the French Embassy, Dr. Claude Frey and from the Dean, Faculty of arts or the University of Nairobi, represented by Prof.HellenMwanzi, an alumnus of French Studies, University of Nairobi.
The Sub-Department of French felt the need to go on a day retreat to effect the corrections and adjustments recommended by the relevant faulty organs to which her reviewed Certificate and BA syllabi had been submitted. With the kind acquiescence of the Dean, Faculty of arts and the Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the retreat took place in September 2012 at the Bonds Restaurant, Upper Hill, Nairobi.
FRENCH AND THE JOB MARKET
As is the tradition with students of the Sub-Department of French, two of those in the BA 2011/2012 graduating class had reported having already been offered employment in the ICT sector, long before the December conferment of degrees on their cohort. They were undergoing technical training prior to their being deployed in the French speaking African countries of Congo and Niger.