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Five bursaries of $3,000 awarded to prospective teachers
Five students in the Teacher Education Program at the Faculty of Education of Simon Fraser University received a bursary of $3,000. This is the first bursary of its kind from the Ministry of Education of British Columbia and the British Columbia Council for International Education (BCIEE) to encourage French or Belgian students to complete a Teacher Education Program in a postsecondary institution in B.C. to become certified teachers in B.C.
The five recipients are:
- Jean-Christophe Andrez
- Patricia Arounothay
- Julien Dutour
- Amandine K Bidi (not available for the official ceremony)
- Morgane Pocard
This is an initiative to address the teacher shortage in the French programs in the province and is a result of meetings held in France and in Belgium in March 2018 by their respective ministries of education with Rob Fleming, Minister of Education of B.C., Scott MacDonald, Deputy Minister of Education of B.C., and Gino LeBlanc, Director of the Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs at SFU (OFFA).
In partnership with SFU faculties, departments and program areas, OFFA develops, coordinates and promotes programs and courses in French to meet the educational needs of B.C. Francophone and Francophile communities. OFFA also organizes cultural activities and program-related designed to promote the value of French, both at SFU and in the province.
SFU is a member of the Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne (ACUFC).
Find more information about the Teacher Education Program (French Module) here: