La Jolie Ronde Licensee honoured with European Award
Monmouth La Jolie Ronde Licensee Ceri Poyelle, has been honoured at a ceremony at the European Commission in Brussels.
During the Summer Ceri was chosen by the "Piccolingo European Campaign” to represent the UK to raise awareness for the need for early language learning.
Ceri with Director General for Education and Culture Jan Truszczyński
Supported by Monmouth Town Council, Ceri organised a free fun filled "Children’s Festival of Languages” with activities ranging from a sponsored Tour de France type bike ride, a flag hunt, art competition and various language and story workshops for both parents and children to get involved in. The campaign saw events organised in major European cities such as Milan and Athens but Monmouth’s festival was voted the overall winner.
Ceri says. "I couldn’t believe it when the Piccolingo campaign asked us to host the Festival, but to be told we have won is just amazing! Monmouth is a small town and the other events in Europe were largely held in big cities! Children have an enormous capacity for language learning, which we often under-estimate and the earlier they start, potentially the more long-term success there is to be gained. I welcome Education Secretary Michael Gove’s announcement this week that every child aged five or over should learn a foreign language”. It furthers their understanding of their own language and can also help other areas of a child’s development, even their maths!” she added
Ceri was presented with her award on the 10th anniversary of the European Day of Languages by the Director General for Education and Culture Jan Truszczyński for her outstanding work at organising the festival and promoting the message behind the campaign