CFA to hold first activity in Louisiana
The Centre de la francophonie des Amériques (CFA) is holding its first activity in the United States. Under a partnership with a Québec organization called ASTER and the City of Lafayette, activities will be held in over a dozen Louisiana schools from January 20 to February 10. About 1,500 students will take part in French-language workshops on astronomy and introduction to science. The workshops are being held as part of UNESCO’s International Year of Astronomy (IYA 2009).
ASTER is a non-profit organization based in Québec’s Bas-Saint-Laurent region. Since 1993 it has offered educational activities in the areas of astronomy and introduction to science. Acadian-born workshop leader Mathieu Akerley-Guay, who holds a bachelor’s degree in science education, will help young Louisianans discover the worlds of science and astronomy, in French. Louisianan author-singer-songwriter Zachary Richard, who is a member of the CFA board, is associated with the initiative.
The activity was announced at the École des Ursulines in Québec City, an institution that has played a historic role in French-language education in the Americas. The educational workshop has already been held for grade 3 students at the Québec city school.
Centre de la francophonie des Amériques (in French)