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French Schools Drama Festival begins November

The 32nd edition of the 2019/20 French Schools Drama Festival is expected to start with regional finals in November.

French Honorary Consul in Malawi, Luc Deschamps, who is also the director of Maison de la France and Jacaranda Cultural Centre in Blantyre, confirmed the development yesterday.

He described the 31st edition, which ran under the theme La Discrimination as a success and that they were looking for the best in the 32nd edition.

“The regional finals will select the best who will then compete during the national finals to take place in March 2020,” Deschamps said.

He also said the storytelling competition for universities will take place early next year.

Deschamps also said that two French teachers are in France undergoing training courtesy of the French Embassy.

The French Schools Drama Festival has turned out to be a crucial platform in the promotion of the French language as well as unearthing drama talent.

During the 31st edition, French Ambassador to Malawi and Zimbabwe, Richard Boidin, announced that the Best actor and actress would fly to Paris, France.

Meanwhile, Deschamps has said two French teachers left the country last week for France to undergo a two-week course sponsored by the French Embassy.

The two teachers are Louis Zulu and Steve Kungala, who Decshamps, said were being specifically trained in how to coach leaners to prepare for the Delf and Dalf examinations.

“The training is expected to equip them with skills that will enable them to deliver their courses efficiently. Another French teacher, Williams Chindebvu, who won the 2016 Schools French Drama competition from Stella Maris Secondary School in Blantyre, is set to travel to Alliance Francaise in Lusaka for a one-week training,” he said.

He said their goal is to enhance the quality of French language courses at Maison de la France so that students could be well prepared for international French examinations.

Upon completion of their training, the three teachers will be required to facilitate a local workshop.

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