Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Hon. Rosy Akbar officially launched French language classes at Ratu Navula College in Nadi this morning.

“I emphasize the importance of understanding languages. Many of us speak two languages,” Minister Akbar said.

The school is the third to receive these classes by the Alliance Francais, following Suva Grammar School and Marist Brother’s High School. As the first school in the Western division, Minister Akbar told students they were trailblazers.

“Adding French was a strategic choice for us. There are over 200 million people who speak French and I’m sure you’ll be adding your numbers to the 200 million people in the coming years. French is the sixth most spoken language in the world and obviously it opens up a new horizon for communications and business opportunities in many countries across the globe.”


Close to 20 Year 9 and Year 11 began their French lessons by teacher, Marine Plante, in January this year.

“Learning the French language will also increase your chances of entering the global market, the global business market and this is the trend in European nations, in particular if you want to get ahead,” Minister Akbar added.

The launch was attended by the French Ambassador, His Excellency Sujiro Seam and Alliance Francais Director, Thomas Feldstein.

A minute’s silence was also observed to remember the victims of the Al Noor Mosque shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, and college students and other victims who died in the Nabou car crash on August 6 2018.