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Contact: Julita Peter

Wednesday, March 19, 2003 – Secondary schools on the island converged at the National Cultural Centre on Wednesday, for the annual secondary schools’ concert, commemorating Journee Internationale de la Francophonie or Francophonie Day, which is being observed in 56 countries on 20th March each year.

Performances were staged by the students and included dance, poetry, and music. Anthea Cadette–Blasse a French Lecturer at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College and President of the Association of Teachers of Modern Languages in Saint Lucia noted that the annual activity provides an opportunity for the students to showcase all they’ve learnt about the French language.

She thinks a lot more needs to be done to develop a greater appreciation for the French Language among students. According to Blasse, “very often students consider French as being totally tied to Creole and there is the perception that if I speak Creole, then maybe speaking French may not be necessary. I think we need to market the subject more at school so students can see it for what its worth.”

Blasse added that whilst French is not the official language spoken in Saint Lucia, the French heritage is quite evident in the Saint Lucian culture. Organizers of the Journee de la Francophonie are hoping to see more exchanges between Saint Lucia and the French –speaking countries, particularly where teachers and students are concerned.

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