Its missions fall within the framework of the government’s priorities in terms of international cooperation. The establishment coordinates or accompanies the actions of the operators of the ministry as well as those of the partners around educational projects abroad. It is a leading player in the Francophonie in Africa and adopts a co-construction approach with the educational institutions of the beneficiary countries, conducts expertise projects and offers tailor-made training. Finally, France Éducation international works to make France an international reference in terms of education, based on international comparisons.
A first field of activity of FEI concerns the cooperation in the fields of school education, technical and vocational training and higher education. The operator is committed to the dissemination of quality education for all, a factor of individual emancipation, sustainable growth and reduction of inequalities, in accordance with its values, in particular solidarity with the South.
FEI mobilizes to defend education in tolerance and promotes a citizenship integrating respect for difference. The institution’s participation in the project SPOILED (Gender awareness and transformation for equality*) is the illustration. Launched in December 2019 and funded by the European Union, this project aims to inventory and pool the initiatives developed in Bulgarian, Danish, Spanish, Finnish and French primary schools, with a view to establishing a culture of equality and cooperation between girls and boys, but also to propose recommendations to political decision-makers. The project will end in November 2022.
FEI also responds to today’s major educational challenges (improving the employability of young people, developing life skills, supporting educational reforms) and leads projects aimed at training teachers and educational managers. For example, FEI is a partner in the project EQUIP (Education quality improvement program in Sudan**) the second part of which opened in June 2021 for a period of three years. Implemented by Expertise France, this program aims to strengthen the qualification of basic education teachers in Sudan. FEI brings its technical expertise to the development of this project in terms of international education and training.
FEI also comes in support at I‘education from and in frankvsais in the world, through the training of trainers and executives eeducational as well as certification in modern languages.
Firstly, FEI supports public policies in favor of French, in particular via projects on the Solidarity Fund for Innovative Projects (FSPI) of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. Over the 2021-2022 period, interventions have thus been deployed within the framework of 6 FSPI projects: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Central America, Tunisia and South Africa. It should also be noted the launch of a major project to support the extension of French as a living language 2 in Egypt, financed by the French Development Agency (AFD), and for which FEI is the lead partner of a consortium that brings together Réseau Canopé and the French Institute in Egypt.
FEI also supports teaching professionals from and in French through a plural training offer, recently declined in digital format in order to adapt to the health context. The BELC digital winter 2022 university thus recorded a record number of trainees with 232 participants, from 29 nationalities and representing 44 countries. Regional BELCs are also on the program in 2022, in Uruguay, Côte d’Ivoire, Spain and Thailand, and bear witness to a resumption of activity almost everywhere in the world.
The expertise unit of the French language department of FEI accompanies the educational establishments of the AEFE to obtain the Label FrancEducation. Created in 2012, this label is awarded by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to French-speaking bilingual courses of excellence in local establishments offering reinforced teaching of the French language and at least one non-linguistic discipline in French, according to the official program of the host country.
FEI also provides a ongoing support for French-language bilingual institutions. Indeed, in 2021, FEI experts took part in 25 training and expertise actions to support the development of bilingual education. The year 2021 also marks the development of the site The multilingual thread, which offers quality resources, ready to use, and accessible free of charge. The development of joint projects with the partners of the Threadsuch as the ADEB (Association for the development of bi-plurilingual education) or TV5MONDE, is one of the team’s priorities.
FEI provides the administrative and pedagogical management of a range of certifications in French as a foreign language on behalf of the Ministry of National Education: the DILF, the DELF, the DALF and the TCF. It also offers the Ev@lang placement test which assesses French, English and Arabic. Due to the health context, exam sessions were temporarily suspended in 2020 but have gradually resumed. The year 2021 has been very rich for FEI FLE and foreign language exams and tests. For example, the TCF examination centers recorded a record number of candidates: more than 219,000 candidates were registered in the 10,629 sessions organized within the FEI network of 763 approved centers around the world.
2021 was also the year the app was launched LEARN-EV@LANG. Developed in partnership with the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), this test helps primary and secondary school teachers as well as educational supervisors from the 23 countries of the “APPRENDRE” program to assess their level in French.
Finally, FEI acts in favor of the International mobility. In order to support the international openness of French educational policy, the establishment implements several mobility programs for high school students, students and teachers. In this area, the return to the pre-pandemic situation is confirmed. Nearly 3,500 modern foreign language assistants, from 66 countries, have been posted in France since October 1, 2021. Similarly, more than 1,300 French language assistants have left for 23 countries.
With the ENIC-NARIC France centre, FEI ensures the recognition of foreign diplomas. It issues certificates of comparability or recognition of periods of study. These make it easier to read foreign academic paths, particularly in the context of a job search or a project to pursue studies. It also informs individuals and institutions about the recognition of foreign diplomas in France and French diplomas abroad. In 2021, the center experienced an unprecedented increase in its activities, with in particular a growth of more than 50% in the number of requests for a certificate of comparability of diplomas compared to 2020. FEI pays particular attention to the recognition of diplomas of people refugees in France, particularly in the context of the Ukrainian conflict.
RESOURCES AND PUBLICATIONS
The Laboratory for Innovation and Resources in Education (LIRE) develops increasingly close collaborations with the entire ecosystem of French digital education – EdTech – and participates in the international promotion of the French digital offer across France. EduNum international. It also manages a current documentary fund on educational and reference policies in French as a foreign language and offers a catalog of documentary resources on the LISEO portal.
> SEVRES INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EDUCATION
The International Journal of Education of Sèvres is a comparative journal, which focuses on educational themes that are the subject of debate in the world. Edited by FEI, it publishes three issues a year in French for an audience of education officials and actors, academics and researchers in the sciences of education. The latest issue, “(S)’educate through engagement”, published in January 2022, studies the relationship between education, citizenship and youth engagement, in France and internationally.
* Gender awareness and transformation for equality
** Sudan Education Quality Improvement Program