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- Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - From Print Edition




The diversity and colour inherent in the cultures of the world came together to form a beautiful string of harmony and love at Sheikh Zayed International Academy (SZIA), which hosted a unique event Tuesday to celebrate International Cultural Day.


The event also featured the inauguration of the SZIA hostel buildings for national and international students, and the SZIA swimming pool, which will prove to be a real treat for students as the summer season sets in. Adel Abdulla Al Hosani, director operations of the Department of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, was the chief guest on the occasion. He was flanked by the SZIA Principal Wafaa Abdul Ghaffar, and members of the Academy’s Board of Trustees.


Addressing the gathering, which comprised high-ranking diplomats, as well as parents, students and staff of SZIA, Al Hosani expressed how delighted he was to see the illustrious academy scaling new heights to become a premiere academic institution, both within Pakistan as well as internationally. SZIA was established in Islamabad a decade ago in 2003 by the late president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan.


Al Hosani said he was truly inspired to see children of 20 nationalities coming together to perform with confidence and adroitness. He also congratulated Wafaa, the administration, staff and students of SZIA for the flawless performances based on the theme of internationalism. “The light of this event holds nothing less than the promise of an ever-brighter future for us all and the generations to come,” he stated in conclusion.


Wafaa was confident that the environment of SZIA will instil among its students, immense respect towards other cultures, to the extent that they can actually become ambassadors of peace on earth. “Our mission as educationalists is to create a caring environment where students can strive for personal excellence in academic pursuits in order to realize their own potential. It is because of our belief in the globalisation of education that we work hard to blend cultures within our Academy for students to implant their own traditions in the hearts of their classmates and colleagues and to strengthen their respect for other countries with whom they share mother Earth,” Wafaa said. She informed that the hostel buildings, which have been designed separately for males and females, shall facilitate the residence of students and staff members alike.


The ceremony was dotted with interesting performances portraying world cultures on the one hand, and education, teamwork and mutual respect on the other. Multi-media presentations on the UAE and SZIA were also shown on the occasion. Pre-school students won the hearts of the audience by enacting cultural wedding ceremonies. Tai Chi and kick boxing was performed by students of grades 7 and 8. The famous English play ‘Mind Your Language’ was presented by students of grade 7. This was followed by Russian, Palestinian and Pakistani cultural dance performances adding festivity to the ceremony. A fashion show by staff members was well applauded by the audience.


The ceremony concluded with the principal presenting a memento to the chief guest, and announcement of high achievers of senior and junior sections.