The Junior Language Challenge
The Junior Language Challenge is an annual competition for primary school age children across the British Isles. It began in 2002 in Cornwall as a way to encourage under-elevens and help them feel confident in their ability to learn any language, not just one, and not just those traditionally covered in the classroom.
A small entry fee of £2.50 per child is donated to Brighter Start, a charity working with some of the world's poorest children, to provide tablet devices to schools in Malawi, where classes have well over 100 pupils with a single teacher. These devices make it possible to bring basic, life-saving education to students who might otherwise not have this opportunity.
"It felt amazing to win the JLC. I am really looking forward to going to Malawi and seeing how JLC has helped children's education there."
Ella Whittingham, JLC Champion 2013
"The JLC set me on the path to learning languages."
Lucy Smith, the first ever JLC Champion
"I competed in the JLC about six years ago and I came fifth … The competition inspired me to learn languages; I am looking to apply to university to do law and Spanish or interpreting and translating. The JLC was an amazing experience and I was proud to be part of it."
Marliese Perks, former JLC competitor