France Éducation international, in the service of education, training and the French language in Europe and around the world

Its missions fall within the framework of government priorities in terms of international cooperation. The establishment coordinates or accompanies the actions of ministry operators as well as partners around education projects abroad. It is a leading player in the Francophonie in Africa and adopts a co-construction approach with educational institutions in the beneficiary countries, manages skills projects and offers tailored training. Finally, France Éducation international is working to make France an international reference in terms of education, based on international comparisons.

A first field of activity concerns FEI the cooperation in the field of school education, technical and vocational training and higher education. The operator is committed to disseminating quality education for all, a cause of individual freedom, sustainable growth and reduction of inequalities, in accordance with its values, especially the unity of the South.

The FEI mobilizes to protect tolerance education and promotes citizenship that unites respect for diversity. Institutional participation in the project MEAN (Gender awareness and change for equality*) is the illustration. Launched in December 2019 and funded by the European Union, this project aims to inventory and consolidate initiatives developed in Bulgarian, Danish, Spanish, Finnish and French elementary schools, with the aim of building a culture on equality and cooperation between women and men, but also on proposing recommendations to political decision -makers. The project will end in November 2022.

The FEI also addresses the major challenges of education today (improving the employment of young people, improving life skills, supporting education reforms) and spearheading projects aimed at training teachers and managers in education. For example, FEI is a project partner EQUIP (Program to improve the quality of education in Sudan**) its second phase was opened in June 2021 for three years. Implemented by Expertise France, this program aims to strengthen the qualification of basic education teachers in Sudan. FEI brought its technical expertise to the development of this project in terms of international education and training.

The FEI also entered ‘s support on Ieducation on and on straightforwardvsin the world, by training trainers and executives stareducational as well as certification in modern languages.

First, the FEI supported public policies in favor of the French, in particular by projects of the Solidarity Fund for Innovative Projects (FSPI) of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. During 2021-2022, interventions were thus deployed across 6 FSPI projects: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Central America, Tunisia and South Africa. It should also be noted the launch of a major project to support the expansion of French as a living language 2 in Egypt, funded by the French Development Agency (AFD), and where the FEI is the leading partner of a consortium that merged Réseau Canopé and the French Institute in Egypt.

The FEI also supports teaching professionals on and on French through a plural training offer, has recently been turned down in digital format to adapt to the health context. The BELC digital winter 2022 university thus recorded a record number of trainees with 232 participants, from 29 nationalities and representing 44 countries. The regional BELCs are also in the 2022 program, in Uruguay, Côte d’Ivoire, Spain and Thailand, and are proving to continue the activity almost anywhere in the world.

FEI’s French language department expertise unit works with AEFE education establishments to obtain the FrancEducation Label. Created in 2012, this label is awarded by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to French-speaking bilingual excellence courses in local establishments that offer reinforced teaching in the French language and at least one non-linguistic discipline in French, according to the host country’s official program.

The FEI also provides a ongoing support for French-language bilingual institutions. In fact, in 2021, FEI experts will participate in 25 trainings and skills actions to support the advancement of bilingual education. The year 2021 also marks the site’s growth The multilingual thread, which offers quality resources, ready to use, and accessible free of charge. Developing joint projects with partners Havensuch as ADEB (Association for the development of bi-plurilingual education) or TV5MONDE, is one of the team’s priorities.

The FEI provides administrative and pedagogical management of various certifications in French as a foreign language for the Ministry of National Education: the DILF, the DELF, the DALF and the TCF. It also offers the Ev@lang placement test that assesses French, English and Arabic. Due to the health context, examination sessions were temporarily suspended in 2020 but gradually resumed. The year 2021 is very rich for FEI FLE and foreign language exams and tests. For example, TCF examination centers recorded a record number of candidates: more than 219,000 candidates were registered in 10,629 sessions organized within the FEI network of 763 approved centers across the country. world.

2021 is also the year the app is launched KAT-ON-EV@LANG. Developed in collaboration with the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), this test will help elementary and secondary teachers as well as education supervisors from 23 countries with the “APPRENDRE” program to assess their level of French. .

Finally, the FEI acted in favor of International movement. To support the international openness of French education policy, the establishment has implemented several action programs for high school students, students and teachers. In this area, the return to pre-pandemic status was confirmed. Nearly 3,500 modern foreign language assistants, from 66 countries, have been posted in France since October 1, 2021. Similarly, more than 1,300 French language assistants have left 23 countries. .

With the ENIC-NARIC France center, the FEI ensures the recognition of foreign diplomas. It issues certificates of comparison or recognition of study periods. It facilitates reading foreign academic pathways, especially in the context of finding a job or a project to further studies. It also informs individuals and institutions about the recognition of foreign diplomas in France and French diplomas abroad. In 2021, the center has experienced an unprecedented growth in its activities, with a particular growth of more than 50% in the number of requests for a certificate comparing diplomas compared to 2020. The FEI pays particular attention to the recognition of diplomas of people refugees in France, especially in the context of the Ukrainian conflict.

RESOURCES AND PUBLICATIONS

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The Laboratory for Innovation and Resources in Education (LIRE) has developed and closer collaboration across the French digital education ecosystem – EdTech – and participated in the international promotion of the French digital offer throughout France. EduNum international. It also manages an existing documentary fund on education policies and references to French as a foreign language and offers a catalog of documentary resources on the LISEO portal.

> SEVRES INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EDUCATION

the International Journal of Education in Sèvres for a comparative journal, focusing on educational themes that are the subject of global debate. Edited by the FEI, it publishes three issues a year in French for an audience of education officials and actors, academics and researchers in the educational sciences. The latest issue, “(S)‘ educate through engagement ”, published in January 2022, examines the relationship between education, citizenship and youth engagement, in France and around the world.

* Gender awareness and change for equality

** Sudan Education Quality Improvement Program

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