French Schooling Overseas
Their purpose is to extend the public education service overseas for the 110,000 pupils who attend. They also contribute to the cultural influence of France by providing schooling for 190,000 foreign pupils. Most of these schools have a private status and charge fees.
Two networks oversee the pedagogical quality of provision and bring together most of these schools:
The Agence pour l'enseignement français à l'étranger (AEFE: The Agency for French Schooling Abroad), a public body under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Agency is responsible for managing, supporting and coordinating the global network of French schools. A few figures:
- 300,000 including 110,000 of French nationality;
- 485 schools established in 130 pays;
- Around 12,000 pupils pass the baccalauréat each year;
- Over 6,500 Education Ministry staff and 15,000 local recruits.
The Mission laïque française (MLF) has 118 member schools established in 48 countries and attended by 47,000 pupils.