Alliance Française de Chittagong has celebrated 40th anniversary of creation International organization of Francophonie. It is the “FETE DE LA FRANCOPHONIE”, namely festival of francophone we celebrated this year. As we know, French is the second most studied language after English and this language is spoken in the five continents. The festival of Francophonie is a yearly event which is celebrated all over the world. This is the occasion for French speakers and learners to pay homage to the beauty and diversity of the French language and to reaffirm the faith in common values. Bangladesh is not a francophone country even though; celebration of Francophonie celebrated here with lots of joy and enthusiasm.
Let get back to history, it is French geographer Onésime Reclus, brother of Élisée Reclus, coined the word Francophonie in 1880 to refer to the community of people and countries using the French language. Francophonie was then created a second time by Léopold Sédar Senghor, founder of the Négritude movement, in the review esprit in 1962, who assimilated it into humanism.
The modern organization was formed in 1970, with vision to establish égalité, complémentarité, solidarité ("equality, complementarity, and solidarity"), referring to France's motto. Started as a small club of northern French-speaking countries, the Francophonie has since evolved into a global organization whose numerous branches cooperate with its member states in the fields of culture, science, economy, justice, and peace.
AFC celebrates this day by holding the same motto of equality, complementarity, and solidarity. In AFC, we actually celebrate the festival through the month. This year we have lots of fun. We celebrated this year’s festival by watching movies, singing music, joining quiz competition and doing so other things.
The formal program arranged between 28th and 30th march. On the 28th we had the French language film festival. We watched two movies that day, started with Father and Guns, (1H47), by Emile Gaudreault and then Maman est chez le coiffeur, (1h37), by Léa Pool. Next day, the program started from 4.00 p.m. Hélène Ringot, Madam Anne Tual and our director M. Dr. Samuel Berthet; each gave a speech about opportunities in French speaking world and talked about higher studies in France. Our cultural program started form 5 p.m, both students and teachers performed equally in cultural part. Students from Little Jewels School, William Carry Academy performed music. Then some individual students performed music, followed by poem recitation by teachers. Then we had a fantastic drama, “Nous sommes tous d’œuvres d’art“performed by the mixed group of B2 and C1 level students, which was directed by Madam Anne Tual.
The following day, we had prize giving ceremony for quiz participants. Which followed by two films from Vietnam, I liked both the movies. Finally our Froncophonie celebration came to an end, every one of us thanked our event organizer M. Dr. Gurupada Chakrabarti and M. Dr. Samuel Berthet. It was all breliently done.
Thus, through this event AFC has been building up an interesting relationship of cultural exchange that strengthen communication and contacts between Bangladesh and Froncophonie countries