Ethiopian and Somalian guests visit DPS Srinagar
28th Sept, 2015 turned out to be a wonderful day for class IX students as they got to attend a session with the Somalian and Ethiopian Ambassadors. The esteemed guests were Ms. Jennet Zuudi (Ethiopian Ambassador) and Ms. Ebyon Mohd. Salah (Somalian Ambassador). The honourable chairman, Mr. Vijay Dhar and Principal Mrs. Kusam Warikoo escorted the guests and also attended the session. The session began with a brief discussion given by the anchors, Uznain and Arousha about the opening of a culture centre in India by the Ethiopian Embassy. Mr. Vijay Dhar introduced the guests to the audience. Then Ms. Jennet came on the stage and talked to the students, emphasising on the development that is taking place in the country i.e. Ethiopia. She said that her country was now a very popular and burgeoning tourist destination and that they have a very rich, precious and ancient culture. She also expressed deep desire for an exchange programme of students both with African countries and India. She precisely but briefly discussed each and every aspect of her country and the students were awe-struck by her speech.
Ms. Ebyn came on the stage to address the audience. As soon as she spoke her first words, the atmosphere filled up with happiness due to the joy in her voice. She also entertained the audience by relating funny anecdotes and the audience enjoyed a lot. She mainly spoke about the similarity between Kashmiri and Somalian cultures. She also shared stories from her childhood and the hardships faced by girls in Somalia at that time her happiness. But she also expressed her happiness about the fact that now boys and girls were given equal status in her country. She left no stone unturned in praising the scintillating beauty of Kashmir and its culture. After her address a questioning session was held during which the students asked questions directly to the guests. On the request of one student, Ms. Ebyn recited a poem that was the first poem she had written in her mother tongue and she also translated it. After the question hour, A vote of thanks was given by the anchors before the guests left. To sum up, the students gained a lot of knowledge about Somalia and Euthopia and the guests also had a good time.
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