Closing of the 2013 Science Festival [fr]
The closing ceremony of the seventh edition of the Science Festival, co-organized by the French Embassy with primary and secondary schools of Port-Vila, was held at the French Cultural Centre on 30 November. The closing ceremony was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Education, such as Mr. Pierre Gambetta, in charge of the primary schools of the country. The closing speech was delivered by Mrs. Dominique Vaysse, Attaché for Education at the French Embassy.
For this edition, around 650 children from 12 different schools have visited the exhibition. The French Embassy would therefore like to thank le college et lycée JMG Le Clézio, le college et lycée Montmartre, le Lycée Louis-Antoine de Bougainville, the Vanuatu Institute of Teacher Education (VITE), the students of “Seconde Chance” at USP, the Malapoa College, the St-Jeanne d’Arc school, the Fresh Wota school, the Anabru School and the Errakor School.
All the students from secondary schools have listened to presentations made by experts, such as Charles Arouet from the Red Cross about climate change or Sandrine Cevuard from Geo-Hazard about volcanoes. For the first time, primary schools students were involved into the event and could watch documentaries suited for year 5 or 6 children.
The exhibition dealt with several topics such as renewable energy, aurora borealis, digital prints or sand drawings. Among the exhibits were hidden the answers for the quiz. More than 200 students took their chance in the hope to get one of the numerous prizes offered by the French Embassy or its partners.
This Science Festival edition has been a great success, as many schools and children took part on it. The traditional quiz has also sparked a real enthusiasm among students, particularly to win the first prizes. The next edition is already underway with the aim to broaden its scope to other islands of Vanuatu and to other countries, through the visit of students from Australia, Japan or Korea.
The French Embassy is proud to organize this yearly event, which promote science and make it accessible to everyone.