President Stevo Pendarovski sent a message on the occasion of November 26, the International Day of French Language Teachers.
Please find below the integral text of the message.
To all professors, teachers, researchers and all those who have chosen to study and spread the French language and culture as their life mission, I congratulate you on November 26, the International Day of French Language Teachers.
Many capital works of human mind and spirit have been created in the language of Moliere. The most valuable humanistic messages have been sent in this language – for freedom, equality and justice, for centuries, leading ideas for human rights and for liberation and emancipation of nations.
This year marks the International Day of French Teachers in the year when we celebrate half a century since the founding of the International Organization of the Francophonie, a respected organization whose mission is to connect people and countries that respect the French language.
We also mark it in specific conditions, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But, regardless of the limitations imposed by the epidemiological situation, with the same enthusiasm as before, we celebrate the learning of the language that carries a universal message of hope, solidarity and unity in diversity. This is all the more important for us because our society is a mosaic of languages of all communities living together in North Macedonia.
I have no doubt that the French language and culture which are taught in both formal and non-formal education in our country will remain an inspiration for the discovery of new horizons of linguistic and cultural connection in a world that is really getting smaller, but in which the richness of cultural and linguistic diversity will always be an immeasurable value.
Congratulations on this day; I wish you many more years of success.