By Hassane Oudadene
By Hassane Oudadene
Ouarzazate, Morocco – Last Sunday 18 March, the Congress Palace in Ouarzazate witnessed the closing ceremony of the Second Edition of the Contest between the region’s High Schools.
The organization of the event was the idea of a very active and outstanding local association called 4Bac (4bac Association for Education). The motto chosen for this year’s event was: ‘The Educational Club: a Space for communicating with the book’.
The Conference Hall was the destination of more than 400 people constituting a hilarious audience. Four high schools ran the Sunday final after they had qualified at the Semi-finals among eight schools. The event was preceded by various educational and cultural activities: On March 9, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Ouarzazate saw a spectacular opening ceremony preluded with a keynote speech by the president of the Association Mr. Abdellah Ait Ichou, who assured that “the contest is an effective means for high school students to acquire a sense of fair competition and a bridge to establish ties of cooperation and collaboration between students from different institutions in the region.”
On March 10, over 60 students benefited from workshops conducted by highly skilled trainers and teachers. The workshops’ themes revolved around: ‘Skills and techniques on Short Story Writing,’ ‘Violence against Women,’ and “Gender Approach.’ Four days later, to make students aware of the value of reading, a conference under the theme: ‘The Crisis of Reading in Moroccan Society’ was held at the Municipality Conference Room; the conference came up with urgent recommendations that the educational institutions must take actions as to launch clubs exclusively for ‘reading skills’ and organize regular reading activities for students.
Through the four stages of the contest, the teams representing their schools demonstrated excellent scientific skills and abilities to deal with assorted devised questions, including a section of English Language and Culture. The closing ceremony was marked off by assorted artistic and musical intervals signed by the most famous local artists and musicians. The top three teams won interesting prizes- brand-new laptops and piles of valuable books offered, of course, by different partners of the association.
Different Media platforms covered the contest and the technical crew of the association left an astounding impact on the audience not only thanks to the sophisticatedly computerized software developed for the contest, but also by broadcasting the event alive on ‘Sawt Ouarzazate Radio’ operating on the net.
The 4 high schools at the finals with the ranking:
- Ibn al-Haytam Technical High Scool- Ouarzazate
- Abu Baker Esseddik High School- Tarmigte
- Qadi Ayad High School- Tarmigte
- Arrazi High School- Taznakhte-
The 4 high schools eleminated at the semi-finals are:
- Mohamed VI high School- Ouarzazate
- Sidi Daoud High school- Ouarzazate
- My Rachid High school- Ouarzazate
- Abu Elkacem High School- Skoura
Hassane Oudadene is Doctoral Candidate-Cultural Studies Department- at Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdullah University in Fez, Morocco, He is Morocco World News’ Contributor. He can be reached at: ([email protected])
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