Islamabad:Colourful Cultural Exhibition in connection with Francophonie Festival 2014 by seven member states of International Francophonie Organisation has added charm and allure to Francophonie celebrations at National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad.
Francophonie Week, a week for people whose cultural background is primarily associated with French language, regardless of ethnic and geographical differences, celebrations was started on 12th of this month by French Language Department of NUML in collaboration with Embassy of France in Islamabad and Alliance Françoise.
The Cultural Fair was inaugurated by the Canadian Counsellor Political and Trade, Denis Chouinard, and Deputy Head of Mission and Consul Embassy of Belgium, Eva Verstraelen while Director General (DG) Brig Azam Jamal, Director Planning and Coordination Brig (R) Dr Risat Ali were also present at the event. The guests visited different stalls arranged by Embassies of France, Switzerland, Canada, Tunisia, Belgium, Egypt, Lebanon and Alliance Francis Islamabad.
Speaking to a gathering of Directors, Deans, Heads, faculty members and students at the occasion Canadian Counsellor Denis Chouinard said that there is nothing better than spending your time celebrating the day that marks cultural, linguistics and ethnic diversity. A common language links us all where there are no boundaries of culture, language, colour and creed and there are 90 million French Speaking people across the world that makes one big community, he added.
He said that students of this university are lucky as they are able to connect with so many peoples, cultures, societies as they are learning the languages of their choice. This linguistics capability will ultimately help them to contribute towards a harmonious society and world as a language means networking with larger population, reaching out peoples and having better understating of diversity out there, he added.
DG Brig Azam Jamal while speaking at the occasion said that these celebrations in connection with Francophonie festival was an opportunity for our students to come and share the culture of respective countries and enhanced their understanding of the culture they are studying or learning.
Talking to scribe HoD French Department Zill-e-Zahra said that “such an event help our students of French language to have first hand experience of native language, culture, art and have a chance to exhibit their skills of language”.
The event will conclude on an interactive session of the ambassadors of seven countries and a closing ceremony coupled with a musical concert.