Message from Hélène Farnaud-Defromont, director of AEFE

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Hélène Farnaud-Defromont Director of AEFE

Message from Hélène Farnaud-Defromont, director of AEFE (Agency for French Education Abroad) on the occasion of the official opening of the construction site for the Arthur Rimbaud French School new Primary campus in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.


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H.E. the Minister for Education,

H.E. the Ambassador of France

Counsellor Head of Cooperation, Development and Cultural Affairs,

President of the Management Board,

Director of the Arthur Rimbaud French School,


Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,


Let me first express my sincere regrets not to be with you today for this official opening of the construction site for the new Arthur Rimbaud French School in Dar Es Salaam. However, I do intent to share this event with you – hence this message.

The ground-breaking of a new school is always an important event for AEFE. It demonstrates not only the profound integration of the French teaching network abroad in all the countries where it is present, but also its vitality, dynamism, and ability to adapt and modernize itself.

This unique school network, due to its dimension, cohesion and excellent level of teaching, now comprises nearly 500 schools attended by 340,000 students, including 123,000 French students, in 136 countries.

Our school's education offered in Tanzania is the proof of cooperative relations and privileged links of friendship between our two countries. The Arthur Rimbaud French School in Dar Es Salaam is attended by 313 students, including 24 per cent French, 24 per cent Tanzanian and 52 per cent other nationalities. The commitment of AEFE in Tanzania guarantees the quality of education in this School by the appointment of an expatriate director (Mrs Annie Guillotin), and of seven resident teachers.

The Arthur Rimbaud French School splendidly illustrates the excellence and capacity to innovate of our teaching network abroad. We have developed a highly dynamic policy of language-teaching and a diversified school package, strengthened by the new post of resident teacher in experimental science for the Secondary School.

The development and the success of this School are the result of a joint commitment of the Tanzanian and French authorities, of teaching-team professionalism, and of parent-involvement. I am especially grateful to the Tanzanian Ministry of National Education, to the Dar Es Salaam city government and to the Tanzanian security forces. All of these combine to create a School which is an asset to French families in Tanzania and a link between our two countries due to their ever-constant trust and consistent dialogue with our Embassy.

I would also like to highlight the exemplary commitment of the members of the Arthur Rimbaud French School Management Board. They have made possible the opening of this construction site. AEFE has lent its support by assigning various missions and by sharing its expertise in real estate. The Management Board together with local authorities, successfully completed the various stages which bring us all here today.

In conclusion, I would like to express my warmest congratulations and sincerest admiration for your active participation in the life and future of the Arthur Rimbaud French School in Dar Es Salaam.

I wish you a very beautiful opening ceremony and an excellent school year.


Hélène Farnaud-Defromont