March 22 2016, Castries St. Lucia; The region’s leading telecommunications provider Digicel, continues to deliver on its commitment to investing in education in St Lucia and across the region. The annual National Francophonie Schools Competitions, hosted by the Saint Lucia National Commission for UNESCO at the National Cultural Centre, took place on Friday March 18, 2016 in observance of International Francophonie Day. Students from across the island at primary, secondary and tertiary levels all competed in keenly contested categories all in the French language.
The highly anticipated Spelling competition among Secondary school lower forms was Friday’s highlight, with thirteen of the island’s top French students each confidently representing their institutions. Students were required to correctly spell words with specific articulation of various French accents presented by judges, otherwise be eliminated. After almost seven rounds of spelling, the final three standing after elimination, were the Vieux-Fort Comprehensive Beinfield Secondary School, Vieux-Fort Comprehensive La Resource Secondary School and Soufriere Comprehensive Secondary School. In the end, the first form spelling powerhouse from the Soufriere Comprehensive, Ayana Seed stood undefeated.
Having been previously judged, the winners of the Poster, Poetry and Dictation competitions were all awarded as part of Friday’s activities. Ave Maria Girls Primary was the top awardee in the Primary School competition followed by Dame Pearlette Primary and St. Aloysius RC Boys Primary in third place. In the Dictation competition held among upper Secondary and tertiary level students the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College A Level division emerged as the top winner, closely followed by the Sir Arthur A Level Division Vieux-Fort and the Vieux-Fort Comprehensive La Resource Secondary coming in at third place.
Marketing and Communications Executive at Digicel, Miss Louise Victor has praised the students and the UNESCO Commission for their efforts in collectively producing fierce competitions” Digicel is yet again proud to partner and support the Francophonie Schools Competition. As part of our philosophy on investment in education we embrace such partnerships which allow for us as a company to contribute to enriching the lives of the nation’s youth. This competition is unique, as it boasts of being entirely in French, and as a global citizen in modern society, a second language is undeniably an asset to any young person. The students all displayed incredible poise, articulation and great knowledge of their deliveries. We extend a special congratulations to all who participated.”
Digicel awarded various top awardees in competitions with brand new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablets to help foster their educational development.