"Why Do I Care?": Poetry Contest for French Language Students [fr]

On the occasion of Climate Week, the Embassy of France launched a contest for students of the French language on the theme "Why do I care?" Each participant was given until September 27 to make a stand, in the form of a poem, showing his/her involvement in addressing climate change and in the protection of the planet.

The contest was a success, having received a total of 22 poems. A jury composed of Sophie Quartier, Deputy Director of the Alliance Française de Manille, Juliette Omer, FLE intern of the Alliance Française de Manille, et François Coudray, poet and professor at the French School Manila, selected three winners.

During Climate Week, an awarding ceremony will be organized at the Alliance Française de Manille on Wednesday, October 7, 4:00pm during which the 3 winners will be announced. The grand prize winner, who will receive a 15-day linguistic trip to France, and the second and third place winners will be able to read their poems before an audience during this reception.

On the occasion of Climate Week, the Embassy of France launched a contest for students of the French language on the theme "Why do I care?" Each participant was given until September 27 to make a stand, in the form of a poem, showing his/her involvement in addressing climate change and in the protection of the planet.

The contest was a success, having received a total of 22 poems. A jury composed of Sophie Quartier, Deputy Director of the Alliance Française de Manille, Juliette Omer, FLE intern of the Alliance Française de Manille, et François Coudray, poet and professor at the French School Manila, selected three winners.

During Climate Week, an awarding ceremony will be organized at the Alliance Française de Manille on Wednesday, October 7, 4:00pm during which the 3 winners will be announced. The grand prize winner, who will receive a 15-day linguistic trip to France, and the second and third place winners will be able to read their poems before an audience during this reception.

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Theme

As part of "COP21: The Road to Paris Starts in Manila" organized from October 5 to 10, 2015, the Embassy of France to the Philippines proposes a competition for students on the theme « Why Do I Care? », where participants must respond to two questions from the Call of Conscience for the Climate: Is it important to me that the adventure of mankind on Earth can continue? Am I ready to change my lifestyle today so that the children of our children can come into this world in tolerable conditions?

The mobilization of the consciences of all the inhabitants of the planet is needed to address the challenged confronted by humanity: to limit global warming by lessening the use of fossil fuels and allowing all to adapt to a new way of living!

Rules

The competition is led by the cultural section of the Embassy of France to the Philippines (contact: Maëlle CAMMAS, Linguistic Attaché, maelle.cammas@diplomatie.gouv.fr).

It is open to all Filipinos aged 18 to 25 enrolled in a school, university, Alliance française, or other institutions of higher learning in the Philippines. Individual entries will only be accepted.

Mechanics

  1. Each candidate must come up with an advocacy in the form of a poem with a minimum of 24 lines on the theme « Why Do I Care? ».
  2. The poems submitted by the participants should show their involvement in addressing climate change and in the protection of the planet – challenges that concern the beliefs and values of all.
  3. This poem should be written in verse and in French, and must have a title.
  4. The poems must be submitten by email in PDF format.
  5. Each poem must be an original work. All poems that have already been published or used in other competitions or publications will be disqualified.
  6. Only one poem per participant can be submitted.

Prizes

- Participants would have the opportunity to read their poem in public in the afternoon of Wednesday, October 7, at the Alliance Française de Manille during Climate Week.
- The winner will then be announced.
- The prize is a trip to France in December 2015.

Registration

A completed registration form, together with the poem, is to be sent before September 27, 2015 by email to the Cultural Section of the Embassy of France to the Philippines through the following address: linguistic.ambafrance.manille@gmail.com

Criteria for judging

The poem will be evaluated by a points system worth 100 points:

- Adherence to the theme and its guidelines: 40 points
- Quality of the writing (level of French): 35 points
- Originality and creativity: 25 points

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Dernière modification : 08/10/2015

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