Six contestants from primary schools around the island are to vie for the title of Mademoiselle Francophonie later this month.
The pageant, the fourth annual, forms part of Francophonie month and is to be held at the Arawak House of Culture, on Saturday, March 19, from 4:00 pm.
The contestants were officially sashed by Mademoiselle Francophonie 2015, Jeraine Joseph, at the launching of Francophonie month, at the Alliance Francais on Tuesday morning.
Modern Languages Coordinator, Charlene White-Christian, also present at the event, explained that the six students would each be representing a member state of the francophone.
“Six schools will be represented at the festival, representing five francophone member states: Ghana, Switzerland, Togo, Djibouti, Monaco, and one observer state, Mozambique, will be represented,” she said. “It is important to note that within the francophone family, observer states like Mozambique, though part of the Francophonie, do not have all the rights that the full-fledged members do have.”
The contestants are: Leilanie Leslie, of Massacre Primary School, (Togo); Adessah Hodge, of Wotten Waven Primary School, (Djibouti); Malicia Francis, of San Sauver Primary School, (Mozambique); Simone Moses, of Morne Jaune Primary School, (Monaco); Jeanelle Phillip, of Grand Fond Primary School, (Ghana); and Jadian Eustache, of Castle Bruce Primary School, (Suisse).