The Paul Gérin-Lajoie Foundation, La Constellation de l'Ours and Bayard Canada Livres launch an essay competition and announce the publication of a children's book

As part of the 30th edition of La Dictée PGL, placed under the theme of biodiversity, all participating Canadian students from grade 4 to secondary 2 (grade 8) are invited to create a short fable. The 10 selected productions will be published in a youth album.

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Communicated - As part of the 30e edition of PGL Dictation, placed under the theme of biodiversity, all participating Canadian students of the 4e year of secondary 2 (8e year) are invited to create a short fable, in images and words, highlighting the gestures and actions that we can take to preserve biodiversity.

The essay competition: All intertwined! is an initiative of PGL Dictation to give a voice to today's youth, united, involved and committed to the world of tomorrow.

“For 30 years, the PGL Dictation, it's more than a dictation. It is an opportunity for young people to use their French skills as a tool for reflection and communication in order to express themselves on important issues and to become real agents of change. », Adds Nagui Rabbat, the director of PGL Dictation

Entirely digital, this intergenerational pan-Canadian competition will allow all participating students to take part in a creative and inclusive activity whether they are in the classroom or at home. The edutainment platform of La Constellation de l'Ours, which will be used for the competition, is compatible with linguistic support software and takes into account students with learning difficulties and French as a second language (FSL) students.

"Our mission is to create digital tools aimed at motivating young people in their educational path, we have an opportunity to work with PGL Dictation and Bayard Canada Books. By giving young people the opportunity to build worlds to illustrate their texts, La Constellation de l'Ours renews the writing experience in education. We hope that this competition will allow participants to express their ideas and give them the desire to take action. », Explains Marc Suys, president of Nanomonx, the company which develops the Constellation of the Bear.

Publication of a youth album at the start of the 2021 school year

The 10 productions selected by a jury made up of members of the three partner organizations will be illustrated by the talented author and illustrator Jacques Goldstyn, recipient of the prestigious TD Prize for Canadian Literature for Children and Children, in addition to being published within of a children's album by Bayard Canada Livres in the fall of 2021.

To participate in the competition see the contest page and complete the participation form.


Now recognized in La Francophonie and hailed by the teaching community in North America and Africa, this project has mobilized more than 7,000,000 young people on both sides of the Atlantic since its creation in 1991. PGL Dictation also gives students the opportunity to participate in a challenging and fun competition, which each year culminates in a Grand international final for 5 studentse and 6e year and one Grand national final for students of 1er secondary cycle. This constantly evolving project will continue to promote the French language and open windows to the world in order to promote a better knowledge of others, solidarity, sharing, a taste for learning and entrepreneurship, so that young people can “write a better world”.


The Paul Gérin-Lajoie Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to contribute to improving the living conditions of populations through quality education in Africa and Haiti. The Foundation is also recognized for its projects in socio-economic empowerment, health and food security, sustainable development and gender equality. In Canada, the Foundation carries out awareness-raising activities on international cooperation and solidarity.


Founded in 1996, Nanomonx is an independent creative studio specializing in the development of educational technologies. Its flagship product, La Constellation de l'Ours, is a digital creative platform designed to develop writing, reading and social skills in elementary and lower secondary school students. Used in over 50

school boards across Quebec and Canada, La Constellation de l'Ours is recognized by teachers as a tool to improve student performance in French. Through the many fun and historical themes offered, the game develops students' creativity, and can also be used to help them discover the rich history of our country.


For decades, Bayard has been a name that inspires confidence. Recognized for the quality of our magazines and children's books, our publishing house strives to produce enriching content that piques curiosity and cultivates gray matter, with that touch of humor and imagination that has made our reputation. An ideal formula to maintain the pleasure of reading, which is at the heart of our mission.

For more information, contact

At La Dictée PGL
Michèle Junius, communications advisor
Paul Gérin-Lajoie Foundation
514 288-3888, p.235

For The Constellation Of The Bear
Tania Brouillard, Customer Experience Manager
Nanomonx inc.
514 939-7784

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