Basic Cycle School recently hosted their first-ever French quiz inter-school
competition, to promote the speaking of the French language by children,
introduce them to the culture, as well as to encourage them do French courses
in the future.
The project required by the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, was held at the Advance Basic Circle School in London Corner on 15 March.
The principle of the school, Mbayang Jobe, in her welcome remarks, said she did her HTC in French at the Gambia College, and also went to Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal.
This kind of competition was been held before at the secondary school level, and they want to encourage young people to speak French, since they go to Senegal for holidays, she said, adding that it necessary to understand the language to communicate easily.
Also speaking was Yusuf Ehi, who said the initiative is to prepare young people in the future, and that French is easy to speak; it only requires continuous practice, like any other subject.
He further told the students that in every competition there is always a winner, but by participating they are all winners.
They are preparing them as future French teachers, French broadcasters and important French language personnel.
This competition was to promote the speaking of French at the basic school level, and young people could be motivated by such competitions, he said.
The chief judge, Monsieur Robert Mendy, said French is a core subject, therefore, young people should take it seriously.
New Life School took first position with 670 points in the competition, followed by Advance Basic Cycle School with 610 points and Anne Marie Javouhey in third place with 585 points.
The competition was staged with students introducing themselves in French, followed by answering questions in French.
The participating upper basic schools were Advance Basic Cycle School, Anne Marie Javouhey, New Life, Bakoteh and other schools.