Kandace Pond wins Kwéyòl Spelling Bee Competition 2011

Kandace Pond poses with her trophy

Kandace Pond of the Grand Bay Primary School won the 2nd Annual Kwéyòl Spelling Bee Competition held at the Awarak House of Culture on Tuesday May 17, 2011. She was the only participant to spell all assigned words correctly, a feat which placed her firmly in the top position.

Lillishia Angol of the St.Luke’s Primary School and Fanestha Alce of the St.Joseph Primary School won second and third places respectively.  The event was organized by the Cultural Division and the Konmité pou Etid Kwéyòl (KEK).

Other participants in the finals were Allysha Joseph of the Atkinson Primary School,  Prisca Daisma of the Goodwill Primary School, Nekel Roberts of the Grand Fond Primary, Brigitte Lavab of the Mahaut Primary School, Justlyn Ferrol of the Paix Bouche Primary School and Bakquar Frederick of the Salybia Primary School. The nine finalists emerged from preliminary rounds held a week earlier in nine zones around the island.

Chief Cultural Officer, Mr. Raymond Lawrence in his address to the finalists and other pupils attending the event noted that the Spelling Bee competition encourages pupils to read and speak the Kwéyòl language and that it helps them the understand and appreciate the Kwéyòl language much better. Mr. Lawrence saw this event as an important step towards the inclusion of the Kwéyòl language in the school curriculum.

Also addressing the event was Mr. Nicholas Goldberg, Senior Education Officer, Curriculum Measurement and Evaluation Unit of the Ministry of Education. He welcomed the Spelling Bee initiative and encouraged even greater participation in next year’s competition. He also urged the Cultural Division and KEK to hold Kwéyòl Reading Competitions, Kwéyòl Writing Competitions and Kwéyòl Song competitions as a way of fostering the language.

Two Kwéyòl publications produced by KEK were launched at the Spelling Bee event – “Mi Brèdèks”, a compilation of Kwéyòl expressions and “Ti Listwè Donmnik”, a compilation of short stories by Delia Cuffy-Weekes.

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28 Comments

  1. k
    July 30, 2013

    :) :-D

  2. Randolph
    January 9, 2012

    I am really proud of the efforts to preserve our patios heritage. The people of St. Lucia are taking steps in that direction. See Link: http://linguafranka.net/saintluciancreole/dictionary.htm

    Great that we are doing the same.

  3. FIONa
    May 22, 2011

    OH MY GOD CANDACE, I AM SO PROUD OF YOU AND I KNOW THAT YOUR MOM AND DAD ARE TOO. KEEP REACHING FOR THE STARS HON..

  4. Good Job.
    May 22, 2011

    Good job to all the kids involved, and congratulations to the winners. Does any one know how old the young lady is and some of the words she had to spell?

  5. Bribri B
    May 22, 2011

    Congrats to you Kandace!!!!

  6. Julie
    May 22, 2011

    i am soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo proud of you girl

  7. RASTA4LIFE
    May 22, 2011

    thats why we should maintain or keep up with the kweyol,like lawee dere and not back street, chemaen kabway,and so on , like bodiow and ot grand coulibrie

  8. sweet rose
    May 21, 2011

    congrats

  9. south city chica
    May 21, 2011

    congrats to gbay! we did it

  10. Riverstar
    May 21, 2011

    Way to go! Keep teh culture alive

  11. Sout Man
    May 21, 2011

    Congratulations to Kandace Pond !! Kweyol has come a long way. Felix Henderson must be proud of your achievement. I would also like to pay tribute to another sout man, Marcel Djamala Fontaine, who worked tirelessly to standardize the Kweyol in a written form. I am torn between suggesting that the trophy be called the Felix Henderson trophy or the Marcel Fontaine trophy. OR, is there any way to honour both gentlemen?

    • praise HIM
      May 21, 2011

      a suggestion;; THE HENDERSON/ FONTAINE TROPHY;;

  12. Makie
    May 21, 2011

    Grand Bay again! Congrats that’s my community.

  13. Anonymous
    May 21, 2011

    Brigitte Lavable …. not lavab

  14. May 21, 2011

    congratulations, am from g/bay but leave in the united state of America am not sure if i know u .but keep the good work. i remember when we grand bay people go Roseau they use to run us and tell us go back grand bay because we cannot speak English they use to call us patios people. grand bay never give up .hold on tight south city proud off u all.

  15. Ace
    May 21, 2011

    Way to go sout city, kweyol capital in dominca.It would have been a disgrace if someone from another village had won.lol

  16. passa desan
    May 20, 2011

    way to go Grandbay. lere e bon dire e bon.

  17. cherfond
    May 20, 2011

    Congratulations, keep up the good work, and continue to read.

  18. Apache
    May 20, 2011

    Sa ka fe mwen plezi di vwe ke,jodi jou, ti mamaille ka apwann ekwi kweyol.ce un lang wevolusyon.bwavo ti moune!kontinwe

  19. Macie' quik!!!! Quak
    May 20, 2011

    congratulaciun, !!! ebie’n MI BREDEKS masie’ quik ! quak!!!!!! cope’ lape’ ape’ cope’ tige’ te’ bon’ zame’ me’cie Bonde’ pou say te mamie sala yo ta be’in bon me’cie papa pou Gwa bay ti mami sala,e’bien sarva, te met KWEYOL madam KWEYOL!!, pala KWEYOL!!

  20. Kazimi
    May 20, 2011

    Byen fèt jen fi!!! Mwen anmé tàn bagai kon sa. Mwen lé wè pli bittè kon sa en Dominik. Pou nou continué dévelopé lang nou:)

    Pa obilyé lang-la pwès pèd en Trinidad é Tobago é St. Vincent. Nou pa lé vini kon sa!!!

    Kréyòl sé nou!!!!

  21. Stryka
    May 20, 2011

    congrats. they used to beat us way back then for speaking creole but now they cant get enough. Once again congrats and continue to speak the language little one.

  22. CLAIRVOYANCE
    May 20, 2011

    why KEK and Raymond lawrence and the others not recognising the works of the young men and women who did the first ever kweyol spelling bee through their pale kweyol project which was ran for 2 years…. there is never any mention of these young people and the hard work they put it to run this unique project. The spelling bee was taken over by KEK after this great initiative. they should be given their flowers.

  23. oh my my my
    May 20, 2011

    how old is she?she looks so young congrats.so proud of you!

    • FED UP DOMINICAN
      May 21, 2011

      I’m wondering the same thing.

      DNO please print her age.

      Congratulations young lady, and well done, you put others like me (who cant even speak Kweyol properly) to shame.

  24. River
    May 20, 2011

    Good job!

  25. malpardee
    May 20, 2011

    I LIKE THAT KWEYOL PART FOR NEXT YEAR. TOO MANY KIDS LACKING THAT LANGUAGE. I HAVE SO MANY FRIENDS OLDER THAN ME AND THEY CAN’T EVEN SPEAK KWEYOL IS THAT MESSED UP OR WHAT?

  26. Observing
    May 20, 2011

    Congratulations little princess.. congrats to all the participants. I listened and you were on your mark! :-P

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