By Rachid Khouya
By Rachid Khouya
Morocco World News
Smara, Morocco, March 24, 2013
Smara Association of Teachers of English (SATE) on Saturday organized a competition between representatives of high school students in Assagya Al Hamra High School afternoon. The event was organized in accordance with the association’s objectives that aim to enrich the level of competition and creativity between students and to encourage the teaching and learning of English.
The competition was an opportunity to test students’ general knowledge as the questions were from different fields such as math, sciences, religion, culture, history, geography, philosophy, literature and languages.
The competition was won by the team of Assagya Al Hamra. “The objective is not winning or losing rather than fostering the culture of competition and creating some humorous and fun activities where the students get rid of the daily stress of the classrooms,” Mr. Khalid Elmotassdeq, a teacher and an active member of SATE, told MWN.
Accordingly, the Smara Association of Teachers of Arabic also celebrated the international day of poetry by organizing activities for the day in the cultural center in the scientific capital of the Sahara.
In the morning, Dr. Issmail El Hamouni, Dr. Taleb Bouya laatik and Mr. Omar Najih gave three literary and critical lectures in the field of comparative studies between Arabic poetry and Hassani poetry, the poetry of the Sahara.
The lectures tackled all the different aspects of both genres of poems and how the Sahrawi poet writes about all the subjects and the themes which the classical poet in Aljahilya (before Islam) dealt with in terms of themes, rhythm or music.
But the main part of this poetic activity was the evening’s final competition to choose the prince or the princess of poets in the city. This resulted in selecting a prince of poetry. The winner was a student from Moulay Rcahid High school who won a prize of 10,000 drhs ($1200) as she was able to memorize nearly 300 verses of poetry.
These type of activities will help encourage the youth to show their skills and talents in different aspects of knowledge. This is the real path to the future: giving the youth the chance to show their know-how and their potential.