THE restless pace of globalisation has left little room for compromise as nations brace themselves up for all the complexities that come with an evolving world. The turn of the new millennium has presented new challenges for development as leaders upgrade their communities in a bid to welcome partnerships from all around the world to make them stronger.
GLOBAL integration has become the centre of dialogue at all levels as nations scramble for the morsels of opportunities that present themselves in the course of dialogue and interactions. Western nations have become less generous and have heightened their stakes in unsuspecting territories as the rest of Africa watches without much to shout about.
THE strongest bond of international attachment has been the baseline of communication, typified by the end-to-end exchanges from both ends. Language has become a key factor in international alliance as it aids the flow of people from border to border and establishes a certain familiarity which affirms restfulness and trust of trade in various areas.
THE presidential drive for Ghana to take a keener interest in French as a language does not need too much public persuasion. Ghana will be left behind and our citizenry will continue to be bullied on trading borders by French-speaking opportunists if we don’t arm ourselves with another international language.
OUR over-reliance on the English language has slowed our West-African integration as Ghana is surrounded by French-speaking countries on the east, north and west sides. Our people have grown a phobia from travelling beyond our borders and show a disinterest in partnerships outside English-oriented circles leaving them with a massive hole in communication and advancement of business and policy.
WHAT the new Ghanaian administration seeks to do is to firm up the tuition of French from the basic level to the senior high school level with a bit more political will and national interest than before known.
TODAY newspaper considers this a plausible attempt to grow the nation and empower citizens to eat from larger plates across the globe. It looks like a brilliant attempt to enhance Ghanaian participation in non-English speaking territories.
HOWEVER, the biggest matter in all of this will be the proper approach to teaching French in Ghanaian schools. The failures in the past point to dry teaching styles and shoddy methods of instruction.
SCHOOL authorities have displayed a lack of particularity in how French has been taught in their schools as others view it as a waste of time on the timetable. The entire vibe in French lesson periods is typically mild and comedic.
IT will require stakeholders at all stages and levels to help our people to reach this necessary attainment. Mobility across our borders will be less uncomfortable and interaction with our business partners will pace up positively to enhance our national development.
GHANA is a big player on the continent and we should not corner ourselves in the singular comfort of one international language just because the Americans and British pride in it.
WE will be raising a fresh generation of global activists as we cross borders into unfriendly spaces and sweep in investments home.
OUR engagements in government could have a big kick since key negotiations are tied behind the cameras in less formal settings.
THOUGH this will take some time, Today believes that the proper embrace of a second language will do more good than we think.