Bilingualism Commission Making Significant Progress -Canadian High Commissioner

Bilingualism Commission Making Significant Progress-Canadian High Commissioner

The Canadian High Commissioner to Cameroon, Richard Bale has said the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism, NCPBM, is making significant progress in its mission to foster the bilingualism agenda of the country.

 Bale made the declaration shortly after an audience granted him by the President of the bilingualism commission, Peter Mafany Musonge Tuesday September 29 in Yaounde.

“From what we heard, the Commission is making very good progress. The law on bilingualism has been passed already. We stressed from our own experience that change is a gradual process. It requires political will, resources, and changes in individual behavior and society. Cameroon is making progress on the promotion of Bilingualism,” Bale underscored.

Both personalities held talks for close to an hour during which, it filtered out that, discussions focused on ways Canada and Cameroon could partner to promote multiculturalism and bilingualism owing to their cultural and linguistic similarities.

Ambassador Bale stated that: “The audience was a follow up discussion on commission’s mission. Since that time the law on official languages has been passed and the so the commission has proceeded with its work. I was interested to understand more about the objectives of the commission and its achievements. We are always interested to talk about if Canada can provide any further assistance. Canada and Cameroon have tremendous things in common, we are both bilingual countries, we both have civil and common law systems. We feel that there may be things Cameroon can learn from our own experience. We are not here to tell Cameroon what to do when it comes to Bilingualism, but we certainly have experiences that we are happy to share.”

With the outbreak of COVID-19 Ambassador Bale said people were still reluctant to travel, reason why everybody has become inclined to video conferences. “We discussed the possibility of a follow up video conference to the visit of last year during which the commission could ask quite detailed questions of Canada in particular areas.”

The Commission visited Canada in 2019 to abreast itself with the bilingualism realities of the sister country which is one of the world’s two bilingual nations.

The audience was also attended by the Vice President of the commission, Oumarou Djika and the Secretary General, Dr Chi Asafor Cornelius.

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