By Steven Godfrey MKweteza

The Blantyre-based Jacaranda cultural centre{ JCC} says it has emabarked on a program that aimed at promoting varrious international languages such as french in a bid to ease communication gap.

Director for the centre responsible for french languages Phoya Chapweteka disclosed this in an interview during the presentation ceremony for the students who performed well in the preliminary stage of the 2019 southern region schools french singing competition held in Blantyre.

” Music, drama and story-telling are some of the potential tools that we use to teach and improve languages such as french. therefore, this exercise is one way of encouraging pupils in secondary schools to work hard in class and assist government in promoting international languages for easy communication,” said Chapweteka.

 The highly participated race selected a crop of four muscians that will see them compete with another crop of four muscians from the northern region and another set from the central region at a grand final slated in Blantyre on June 15.

Leading the list is Feslista Luciano, whooutclassed the seventten competitors who took part in the qualifying stage. She  followed by the 18 year-old form two student Amosi Goche from Zomba Catholic secondary school. Thoko Gama from Jacaranda schools was positioned  third while Donata Banda smiled home with the  fourth position.

The crop of winners will meet their counterparts from secondary schools in the northern region namely Katoto, St Augustine, Karonga and Euthine. They will also compete with representatives from Lilongwe girls, Dedza, Zaleka and good sherperd in the central region at the grand finals.

one of the winners, Amosi Goche attributed hardworking spirit and frequent training at his school as some of the factors necessitated his sucess.

The ever-jovial Goche observed that many students do not understand the french langauge because inadequate practice.

Meanwhile, one of the judges Promise Mwafulilwa said she was impressed with the crop of players they have been selected.

” The competition was very tough, therefore, it was not an easy task to identify this squad. Iam very impressed and hopeful that these winners will perform well at the national championship.

” The development means that students are now easily coping with french culture, a sign that is now growing and expanding their knowledg,” she said

Mwafulilwa said the selected students need to work hard to outclass their counterparts in the national tourney to ensure their good reoresentation in the national squad.

According to Mwafulilwa, the judges looked at the overall stage appearance, voice, pronouncation, tone, creativity and composition as the creteria for selecting the winners.

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