The Multilingual Philippolis Public Speaking Competition is the first of its kind in South Africa. The competition aims to encourage multilingualism in communities while at the same time instilling pride in the participants and their language(s). It was first held in 2013 as part of the MIDP project, but in 2015 became the joint project of the ULFE and UFS Community Engagement Division.

The competition is divided into two categories: juniors and seniors. Topics are usually provided around the theme of ‘heritage’. The winners of the junior category are given a historic guided tour of Philippolis, including sponsored excursions to the library and museum, while the winners of the senior categories are given guided tours of the University of the Free State, courtesy of the Student Representative Council (SRC).

The Unit is very proud of this competition and tries to expand it year after year:

2016 Multilingual Philippolis Public Speaking Competition


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Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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