The university and secondary school French language contest
The French language contest called “Le Grand Concours” took place on Friday, March 18, 2016, during the Francophonie week celebration, an event during which the knowledge of Ghanaian students in French was tested.
Organised every year during the Francophonie week celebration, the French language contests broadens and rewards the outstanding efforts of Ghanaian youth in their effort to learn the French language.
The French language contest for university students has two categories: the “specialist” and “non-specialist”. For the former, University of Cape Coast and Winneba crashed at a final, organised at Alliance Française Accra. The latter which took place at Alliance Française, Kumasi, saw a battle between UMaT, UDS of both Wa and Navrongo Campuses, UNER and KNUST on Saturday, March 19.
John de Baptist KOUAO from University of Winneba was adjudged winner of the specialist category, who could not hide his emotions “I would like to thank God Almighty, my lecturers who accompanied me and my colleagues for their supports”.
The non-specialist category (organised at Kumasi) was won by Carlos DOSSOU-YOVO from UDS Navrongo.
The two champions have, each, won a two week French language and cultural visit to France in July this year. Other finalists also received the following prizes: a tablet, dictionaries, a backpack, and books.
The final of Secondary schools Contest which was organised by CREF (Regional resource centres for the teaching of French), also took place on the 18th of March in Accra, after a regional selection contest was held. Ten candidates selected from each region, met at the final in Accra. The first person went home with a laptop (winner), a tablet (1st runner up) and an Android mobile phone (2nd runner up). Other participants also received dictionaries as well as books (novels and cartoon books). Teachers also received prizes: teaching materials and T-shirts.
The prizes were presented by the Consul of Belgium, Mr. Dimitri Avraam, and the Director of Institut Français and Head of Cooperation of the French Embassy in Ghana, Dr Jean-Luc Mure, who took the opportunity to remind students and the general public the main objective of the Francophonie: “the promotion of culture, cultural diversity, and a common language that unites us all, French”.
The Cooperation Attaché for French, Julie Fournier-Angelo, expresses contentment about the objective of the contest: “it is important we appreciate and support the efforts of Ghanaians who have chosen to learn French. Organizing contests such as these, is a way of learning the French language through fun games, which would also give the language a different look”.
Gracing the occasion with their remarkable music, dance, drama and poetry performances in French, the French students of the Mount. Mary College of Education Somanya, were also present at this year’s event.