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Francophone Education

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Mission
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If my first answer to the question “Why do you work as a consultant in the field of minority francophone education?” isn’t enough, I’ve got another.

It’s much more complex than the first one, but I can sum it up in three words: It’s a mission. The work I do as a consultant, with its roots deep in my involvement as a parent, has evolved into a personal mission for many reasons, including these two:

Individual benefits

One thing I’ve learned over the years is this: Kids who attend a francophone school in a minority setting can develop a much higher degree of bilingualism than students in English schools or French immersion programs.

As I explain in Fusion, the bilingualism our kids can develop means more than just speaking two languages. It’s a way of understanding the world around them, of thinking, of acting and interacting with others. It enhances their ability to communicate effectively, which is invaluable in today’s increasingly global society — to say nothing of an asset when it comes to forging ties between English- and French-speaking regions of Canada.

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And there’s much more: from the development of kids’ brains to the potential delay of cognitive problems later in life (as research is beginning to show), bilingualism truly is a lifelong gift. My kids have it, and I’ve dedicated myself to helping all parents who wish the same for their children.

Collective benefits

 When I first got involved in my kids’ school, I discovered that the Francophonie outside Quebec is one of Canada’s little-known gems. I’ve rarely met more dynamic people than francophones in minority communities from coast to coast to coast.

Although I’m not a francophone, I’d like to think that I’m part of the Canadian Francophonie too, as are all parents of kids who attend a francophone school. I thus have a role to play in its development, and I’m doing as much as I can — whether in French or in English!

 
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