An exercise with multiple virtues for the classes that took part in the eloquence contest initiated by the Groupe Dépêche Foundation. Debate in class, the collective to write a text, and a speaker to carry it: the selection, this Wednesday at the Lycée Daudet in Nîmes, was of quality.
The ideal Republic, sacred subject! It is the one that was submitted to the students who entered the eloquence contest of the Groupe Dépêche Foundation. The departmental selection was held this Wednesday morning in the Terrisse room of the Lycée Daudet in Nîmes. This year, four classes took up the challenge, two Nîmes classes from Daudet and Lamour, a class from the Charles-Gide high school in Uzès and a professional baccalaureate class from the Lycée Pasteur in Grand-Combe. In total, the Montpellier academy will send seven young people to compete in Albi on January 26, against other young people from the Toulouse academy.
Among the four Gard classes, each responded to the theme, and to the requirement of the duration, between 4 and 5 minutes, and played their part in a very different way! It was Victor Alène, from Lycée Daudet, who got the ball rolling. A somewhat theatrical performance first featuring a hardline leader, in “the Republic is me” mode, before removing this costume, cap and jacket thrown to the ground, to propose a completely different Republic , imagined by Victor’s class, where knowledge is shared, where links are intergenerational…
Another conception of eloquence, the beautiful demonstration of Lamia Chemani, student in bac pro at the Lycée Pasteur in La Grand-Combe! All smiles and a calm voice, Lamia told a story. That of a group of friends “posed” on a public bench to reflect on the ideal Republic. All are different, but brotherhood for them is not a breeze. Or the one who flies the flag on the front of the town hall… But the homeless man passing by? Abandoned by the Republic? With humor, a good dose of poetry, the high school students thought. The ideal Republic is the one that resembles them.
Manon Mazoyer, for the Lamour high school, ignites on the inequality between women and men, gender-based violence, too long working hours for students… The ideal Republic will correct all that.
The last performance, that of Amélie Giboulet from Charles-Gide in Uzès, was constructed in the manner of a dissertation, with this cheeky little side of questioning the instructions: “How to decide in class, at 31, what the ideal Republic is? Everyone has their own idea…”
The jury composed of Béatrice Cheutin, Marie-Ange Rivière, secondary school inspectors, Thierry Meslet, head of the educational life division at the rectorate, Marie-Hélène Bodilis, and Chantal Tata, from the Groupe Dépêche Foundation (excellence committee) and former headteachers, will now continue the selections in the other departments. But yesterday, the Gard has already set the bar at a good level!