Newcastle is a City of Languages

Ambitious new strategy to expand international learning and experiences for Newcastle and its young people is agreed between city leaders and the French Embassy


7 February 2020

Ambassador Colonna joined Cllr Joyce McCarty, deputy leader of Newcastle City Council, and students of Benton Park Primary School to formally sign the declaration to launch a unique partnership: Newcastle City of Languages.

This partnership is designed to support primary and secondary schools to deliver more modern language lessons, embrace and celebrate the diverse communities in Newcastle, and generate business links around the globe.

Newcastle City of Languages will aim to encourage international employability and global skills, and to advance international links and exchange opportunities. It is supported by the City Council, Newcastle and Northumbria Universities, colleges, businesses and voluntary and community sector.

Ambassador Colonna said:

“As the Ambassador of France to the UK, I commend Newcastle City of Languages, an initiative unique in the UK, for its goal to develop language skills and encourage international experiences for the young.

“The French Embassy in the UK is committed to enhancing Franco-British relations and supporting the teaching and learning of French in the UK. This objective is in line with the French President’s Plan for the French language and Multilingualism in the world.”

Published on 17/03/2020

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