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Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten Attends Groupe Media TFO Launch of Mini TFO Interactive Web Platform for Children

September 18, 2012

TORONTO, Sept. 18, 2012 /CNW/ – Ontario’s Minister of Education, Laurel
Broten, and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, Madeleine
Meilleur, joined members of the Greater Toronto Area’s Francophone
community yesterday for the launch of the all-new Mini TFO interactive Web platform for children.

This new edutainment offering from TFO invites pre-school children to
explore a variety of educational concepts through original,
entertaining games and videos, along with songs and nursery rhymes.
Together with characters from their favourite TFO television series and
Mini TFO hosts Louis and Josée, children will discover how situations from their
day-to-day lives can be full of extraordinary emotions and challenges
at tfo.org/mini

Speaking at the launch, Minister Broten said, “I want to thank TFO for
promoting Ontario’s rich Francophone culture through its lively,
diverse programs and services. TFO plays a crucial role in our
province’s French-language schools and Francophone communities. TFO
helps children to build their French reading and writing skills and
perform well in school.”

Development of the new Mini TFO platform has been made possible by funding from the Ontario Ministry of
Education. Groupe Média TFO also gratefully acknowledges the ongoing
support of the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, Madeleine
Meilleur in the deployment of all of TFO’s activities.

In his remarks at the launch, Groupe Media TFO President and Chief
Executive Officer said, «Today we are happy to be launching a whole new
line of edutainment content for pre-schoolers. With its 60 new learning
games and music videos, we want the Mini TFO digital platform to become the new indispensable Web destination for
younger children.”

Groupe Média TFO continues to innovate to provide families and schools
with products and resources that contribute to the vitality of
French-language minority communities.

As Minister Broten explained, Franco-Ontarians form an important part of
the linguistic and cultural diversity that distinguishes our province,
which makes the existence of an organization like TFO that much more

As part of the launch, internationally renowned soprano Natalie
Choquette joined Mini TFO hosts Louis and Josée to perform skits and songs specially selected for
the occasion from Mini spectacle, the Mini TFO live travelling show, to children from GTA Francophone elementary
schools who attended. Mini spectacle began touring Ontario in June and has been a tremendous hit with
children from all over the province.

About Groupe Média TFO
Groupe Média TFO provides quality French-language educational and
cultural media content. Based in Toronto, TFO is the largest producer
and distributor of French-language educational products in Canada.

SOURCE GroupeMédia TFO

Image with caption: “Children from St-Jean-de-Lalande and Georges-Étienne-Cartier elementary schools are captivated by the performance of their favourite characters from Mini TFO– Louis and Josée-along with their special guest, La Diva Malbouffa (Natalie Choquette). (CNW Group/GroupeMédia TFO)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120918_C7585_PHOTO_EN_18051.jpg

Image with caption: “Left to right: Louis of Mini TFO; the Honourable Laurel Broten, Minister of Education; Glenn O’Farrell, President and Chief Executive Officer,  Groupe Média TFO; the Honourable Madeleine Meilleur, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs; Josée of Mini TFO; and La Diva Malbouffa (Nathalie Choquette). (CNW Group/GroupeMédia TFO)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120918_C7585_PHOTO_EN_18053.jpg

Source: PR Newswire