Interview with Diana Naivasha, Vice-president of the Board of the French Lycée in Dar es Salaam

Q: Your family is Tanzanian but your child is enrolled in French school. What made you choose this school?

DN: “My home is not French speaking and like many Tanzanians, I grew up in an environment where English was used as a 2nd or 3rd language. Still, I am very grateful that my parents made sure to provide me with the best education when they sent me to an English speaking school, which allowed me to learn more about what is going on in the world, to interact with new people from different countries. and maybe more successful in life. I firmly believe that French, being one of the most widely spoken languages ​​in the world, is becoming more and more important in today’s changing world. Therefore, as my parents did for me, I wanted to give my children a greater opportunity to expand their understanding of the world through French.

Q: What is the main difference between the French school and other international schools in Dar es Salaam?

DN: “Most parents will relate to the task of finding the ‘right school’ for their children. So, even with all the national and international options available, we were lucky to have found the French school and its community of parents. There is no other school in Dar es Salaam that can help my child become bilingual in English and French and as I consider languages ​​a must these days, the French school was definitely the right choice for us. In addition, the school is under the supervision of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Education and is part of the largest international network of schools (AEFE), with International Baccalaureate and Cambridge English accreditation, and it is more affordable than other schools. “

Children having fun at the French Arthur Rimbaud school. It accommodates more than 300 students, of nearly 40 different nationalities, in modern educational facilities such as laboratories, canteen, swimming pool, multisports grounds. Mawenzi Road’s new campus, Masaki, now accommodates nursery, primary and secondary schools.

Q: Is the French school open to all nationalities?

DN: ” Of course yes. Here, teachers have a fundamental and realistic understanding that the majority of students come from different countries and that not all are native French speakers. In fact, a third of the students are Tanzanians. Therefore, teachers ensure that a child’s mind is healed through the knowledge taught and learned in the classroom, so that their parents can effortlessly follow, support and guide their child throughout their school journey.

Q: During this last school year, due to the pandemic, many international schools remained closed for several weeks, how did the French School deal with the situation?

DN: “The global pandemic has forced businesses and schools to close and our ‘standards’ to adapt. It was a testing period for our school and from March to May 2020 when schools had to close we are also went online, Monday to Friday, every day.During the second wave of COVID-19, in close collaboration with the French Embassy, ​​the school was able to put in place strict health protocols that allowed our school to remain open, while all others have closed.The ability of the school to remain open during this time is proof of the resilience of its leadership, teachers, students and parents.


Q: When a student turns 12, what are the options for high school?

DN: “High school students can participate in internship programs in preparation for higher education institutions around the world. At the end of the 12th year, our students are fully equipped mentally and academically to enroll in renowned institutes abroad. France is the fourth most popular destination for international students, after the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, and therefore the first non-English speaking destination for foreign students! In France alone, 1,265 Master’s programs are taught in English and easily accessible. In 2020, around 358,000 international students chose to study in France, and this number is growing every year. Upon graduation, our students are multilingual, in their mother tongue (s), French, English and Spanish! The world will be their oyster.

Q: Can you describe the French school in one sentence?

DN: “The French school is a foothold in the world.

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