By Rachid Khouya
By Rachid Khouya
Morocco World News
Smara, Morocco, January 15, 2013
The Committee of Communication and School Life in Smara Delegation in cooperation with Smara Association of Teachers of English organized on Monday a public speaking contest for first year Baccalaureate students in Moulay Rachid High School under the theme of “My school, my home.”
The objectives of this contest were “To develop a reflective attitude on the importance of school in students’ lives and to boost their awareness of the importance of the Moroccan public school.”
In addition, this contest aims at “Developing the communicative competencies through focus on oral presentational skills, to enhance active learning among students and put them at the heart of instructional practices.”
Mr. Hicham Ait Mbarek, President of Smara Association of Teachers of English (SATE), told Morocco World News that “This is a golden opportunity for our students to sharpen their communicational skills and to show their talents and develop their presentation, cultural, intellectual and cross-cultural communication competencies.”
Accordingly, Mr. Said Errozogi and Mr. El Wafi Chyaho, representatives of the school life office in the Smara delegation of the ministry of education, thanked all the teachers of English for their great efforts, hard work and cooperation which was shown by the performance of the students.
“It is a source of pride to see such students performing well on the stage with focus, competency and self-reliance,” they both added.
Students for their part were so happy to be given a chance to show their skills and express themselves in public, confronting challenges of fear, stage fright and the audience’s eyes.
As a coordinator and a presenter of this first edition of the public speaking contest, I would say that the students of this remote city have a lot to say and a lot to show.
Frankly, our public schools have a lot of sleeping talents that need to be awakened and sharpened. Such contests motivate us as teachers to work more and more with the learners and to help them grow-up to be able to voice their ideas and thoughts.
“We need more public speakers than public cheaters because those who cheat do not cheat their teachers, they cheat themselves, and this is the worst,” said one of the participants.”