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S.N. 1 French language Course Commences

S.N. 1 French language course commenced at Birendra Peace Operation training center (BPOTC),Panchkhal,Kavrepalanchok on 8 May,2017. Commandant of BPOTC, Col Prayog JB Rana formally inaugurated the Course held at BPOTC. A total No of 120 students including Officer, JCOs and NCOs from four different Units ( Shree Mehar BN, ENGR Coy MONUSCO,shree Barakh BN and MP Unit MINUSCA) are attending course. These personnel are to deploy soon to the above mentioned UN missions in near future. The course is being conducted for the very first time in the history of BPOTC, in collaboration with Alliance Francaise Kathmandu. The aim of this course is to provide basic French language skills to the peacekeepers who are going to be deployed in native french speaking countries in the near future. In inaugural ceremony, Commandant of BPOTC, Col Rana said 29 countries including France have French as their official language. It's an official language in countries across five different continents and is also the second most studied language in the world, after English. 120 million students are currently learning French. There are approximately 220 million native speakers in the world, likewise there are an estimated 72 million partial speakers, and these numbers are increasing. Specially talking about Africa where most of UN mission are deployed,approximately 50% of total population are native French speakers. In his speech, Col Rana also reminded that French language is considered the second language of UN after English. The requirement for deployment of Francophone unit to French speaking countries embroiled in conflict is recognized by UN as a critical capability gap and UN is seeking for more francophone units to be deployed to these areas as tabled to security council by Secretary General Report dated 15 June 2016

Addressing the Opening ceremony, commandant of BPOTC, Col Rana added that in multidimensional peacekeeping environment Peacekeepers will be operating with conjunction with local staff along with host government elements and various NGOs where effective communication is and will be a matter of utmost importance. In these diverse and complex environments successes cannot be achieved without effective language communication between troops and concerned parties. Thus, the Nepalese Army, keeping the requirement of UN in mind and to operate effectively and efficiently in these troubled areas where deployed, is conducting French language courses to units deploying to such countries so as to enhance communication and languages skills of its troops.

The course will conduct on two shifts in a day basis (1100-1300 and 1700-1900)without hampering the routine Pre-deployment training (PDT) and routine to conclude at 13 July 2017.

Pub Date: 2017-05-18

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