25th Anniversary of International Collaboration

 

  To: News Media
From: CODOFIL (Council for the Development of French in Louisiana)
Date: April 5, 2002
RE: Belgium

Dr. William Arceneaux, president of the Fondation CODOFIL, with the
assistance of Mary Belleau, organized a gala reception recently held in
Baton Rouge at the Old State Capitol to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the
international collaboration between the State of Louisiana and the Louisiana
Community of Belgium.  Mr. Philippe Suinen, General Commissioner,
International Relations of the French Community of Belgium, attended the
event.  Eliane Levaque, Permanent Representative from Belgium to Louisiana,
was lauded for her long-time work in promoting French in Louisiana.  Prior
to the evening's festivities, a business meeting was held in the afternoon with
members of the BESE Board and Superintendent of Education Cecil Picard;
those discussions focused on: 1) The Louisiana Commission on French; 2) French as
a second language and the French immersion programs; 3) The French teacher
contract and 4) The Fall 2002 meeting in Brussels, Belgium.

The renewal of the international agreement between the State of Louisiana
and France on one hand, and between the State of Louisiana and the French
Community of Belgium on the other hand, will take place in Paris and
Brussels during the Fall of 2002.  Warren A. Perrin, President of CODOFIL, Keith
Johnson, BESE Board and Superintendent Cecil Picard will lead the Louisiana
delegation.   In anticipation of these meetings, Ms. Levaque announced that
Mr. Yves Guérin, General Inspector form the French Ministry of Education,
and Mr. Robert Briquet, Representative of the French Community of Belgium,
visited with teachers in Louisiana.  They were accompanied by Mr. Bernard
Dubernet, French pedagogical Attaché, and Mr. Marc Drugmand, Belgian
pedagogical Attaché.


Shown above are: Warren A. Perrin, President of CODOFIL, Philippe Suinen,
General Commissioner, International Relations of the French Community of
Belgium, and Dr. David Cheramie, Director of CODOFIL (Council for the
Development of French in Louisiana)


Shown above are: Keith Johnson, Board of Elementary & Secondary Education,
Louisiana Department of Education, Warren A. Perrin, President of CODOFIL,
Eliane Levaque, Represenative of the French Community of Belgium in
Louisiana, Dr. William Arceneaux, Fondation CODOFIL, Philippe Suinen,
General Commissioner, International Relations of the French Community of Belgium,
and Cecil Picard, Superintendent of Education for the State of Louisiana.