English CEGEP representing Quebec at prestigious French literary award
Six students from Vanier College are in France right now, taking part in the debates to chose the winner of the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens.
The Prix Goncourt des Lycéens is associated with the prestigious Prix Goncourt. While the main prize is chosen by the Académie Goncourt, the Prix des Lycéens is chosen by approximately 2,000 students.
Vanier College is the only college from outside of France to participate this year's edition, and it is the first time an English CEGEP represents Quebec at this competition.
The role of English CEGEPs is currently one of considerable public debate. The Parti Quebec government has proposed limiting access to English CEGEPS.
Vanier College calls its participation in the award "daring", but some readers of Le Devoir questioned whether it was appropriate for an English-language CEGEP to represent Quebec in this competition.
Listen to Jeanette's interview with two of the students from Vanier:
We spoke to the girls after they got back from France.
They told us about how the debate went, and also about the differences they noticed between the education systems in France and Quebec.
(Photo: Cinq à Six producer Tanya Birkbeck, Cinq à Six host Jeanette Kelly, Ikram Mecheri, Margot Beauchemin-Daoust. Photo by Peter Durand, courtesy of Vanier College.)
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