ISLAMABAD: A colourful cultural exhibition in connection with Francophonie Festival 2014 added charm and allure to the francophonie celebrations at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML), on Tuesday.
Francophonie week is marked for people whose cultural background is primarily associated with French language, regardless of their ethnic and geographical differences. The celebrations started on March 12 by the French language department of NUML in collaboration with the Embassy of France and Alliance Françoise, and concluded at the university’s main campus on Tuesday with a colourful event. The Canadian counsellor, Denis Chouinard, (DG) Brig Azam Jamal and Planning and Coordination Director Brig Risat Ali were also present at the event. The guests visited different stalls arranged by the 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 on the occasion, Canadian Counsellor Denis 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 it one big community,” he added.
He said that the students of NUML are lucky as they are able to connect with so many people, cultures, and societies while learning the language of their choice. This linguistics capability would ultimately help them to contribute towards a harmonious society and the world, as language means networking with larger population, reaching out to people and having better understating of diversity out there, he added.
While speaking on the occasion DG Brig Jamal said that these celebrations in connection with Francophonie Festival was an opportunity for our students to come and share the culture of different countries and enhance their understanding of the culture they are learning.
Talking to this scribe French department head Zille Zahra said, “Such an event help our students of French language to get experience of native language, culture, art and have a chance to exhibit their skills of language.” The event would conclude on an interactive session of the ambassadors of seven countries and a closing ceremony coupled with a musical concert.
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