Mobilization for multilingualism in NYC public schools

The International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), through its Permanent Representation to the United Nations, and Education en Français à New York (EFNY) are introducing an initiative to promote French-English bilingualism in New York City public schools.


"Adopt a School" was launched on March 20, 2015, on the International Day of La Francophonie. The goal is to support the development of bilingual education and to invite the delegations of French-speaking countries (their Permanent Missions or Consulates) to sponsor a New York City public school that has a French-English dual language program or another strong French program.

Under the patronage of OIF and EFNY and in agreement with the school, the sponsor will provide varied contributions (which could include book donations, financial support, cultural and literary events, etc.) to sustain both the “adopt a school” relationship and the "bilingual revolution." These are designed to cement the relationship between the sponsor and the school, and to demonstrate the strength of bilingual education today. An evaluation of the initiative will be made on a regular basis.

OIF was created in 1970. Its mission is to embody the active solidarity among its 80 Member States and Governments (57 members and 23 observers). The 2014 Report on the French language established that there are 274 million French speakers worldwide.

EFNY is a volunteer-run, parent-led, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting French language education in New York City public schools.

For more information, please contact:

Représentation Permanente de la Francophonie Auprès des Nations Unies à New York
801 2nd Avenue, suite 605
New York (NY) 10017 USA
Telephone : (1) 212 867 6771
Fax : (1) 212 867 3840
Email :

EFNY (Education en Français à New York)
Talcott Camp
Email :

Last modified on 27/03/2015

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