A 16-year-old pupil of the Accra New Town Experimental Junior High School (JHS), Master Alhassan Diabate, emerged winner of the maiden National French Quiz competition organised by the Serwaa Ampem Foundation for Children (SAFC).
For his prize, he received a laptop computer, half-piece of the Asantehene’s anniversary wax print, certificate, exercise books, French dictionary, T shirt, Indomie products and a round trip to Morocco (tickets and all expenses included).
The runner up, Master Martinson Bediako of Holy Child R/C Basic, Sakumono, Tema took home a Samsung galaxy tablet, GH¢2,000.00, scholarship package, anniversary cloth, T shirt, exercise books, French dictionary, certificate and Indomie products.
The third position was taken by Miss Ophelia Adjei-Sah, Salvation Army JHS in Tema, and she was presented with a Samsung galaxy tablet, certificate, exercise books, French dictionary, T shirt, and indomie products.
The 10 participats were from Kumasi, Cape Coast, Accra, Takoradi and Tema. The contest, known as the Lady Julia French Quiz competition, was organised by the SAFC and the Alliance Française.
Making the presentation, the wife of the Asantehene, Lady Julia Osei Tutu, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of the SAFC, urged parents to do more to encourage their kids to study French.
She called on students to take their studies seriously since that was the best legacy their parents could bequeath to them.
Lady Julia, who is already sponsoring some students studying French, said she had not only initiated a nationwide French Quiz competition for junior high schools (JHS) but also supporting a number of students to study at the Alliance Française, not just for purposes of examination, but to enable them to effectively communicate and transact business with those in the neighbouring Francophone countries.
Mr Sarfo Kantanka, the Ashanti Regional Director of Education, appealed to the French colleges of education and teachers to be innovative and help make the teaching and learning of the language lively to students.
Various speakers at the function commended Lady Julia for the tremendous passion and support she has demonstrated for the teaching and learning of the French Language.
Mr Robert Atsu Davor, the Ashanti Regional Director, of the Centre for Teaching of French (CREF), described her efforts as most appropriate, considering the fact that Ghana had three Francophone countries as its immediate neighbours.
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