Report: Syed Nizamuddin Chishti
The 21st Week of the Italian Language in the World takes place from October 18 to 25, 2021, on the theme of “Dante the Italian”, whose 700th anniversary is being celebrated.
Around 85 million people speak Italian as their first language. Italian is the most studied language in the world for culture and tourism.
The Consulate of Italy in Karachi – Pakistan celebrated the Week of Italian Language by organizing an Italian Story Telling Session for primary school children in collaboration with Paramount Books Pvt. Ltd., Gerry’s Group and Dairyland Pvt. Ltd., also participated as sponsors for the event.
The inspiration behind the initiative was to promote the Italian language among young children and introduce them to a foreign language. This year, Italian missions abroad are celebrating the 21st Edition of the Settimana Della Lingua Italiana around the world.
The Consul General, Danilo Giurdanella, welcomed all the students and teachers from different schools for their wholehearted participation in learning more about the Italian language and its culture.
The children were narrated a poem L’elfo Elio by Mr Mattia Sinnico followed by an Urdu translation.
The next story was the famous Cappuccetto Rosso, an age-old fable commonly known as the Red Riding Hood, which was narrated in Italian by Madam Antonella Bartolomucci and Mattia, which was simultaneously translated into English for the children. The storytelling session was followed by interactive learning activities for the children to acquaint them with the basics of the Italian language.
Consul General Danilo Giurdanella greatly appreciated the effort put in by the staff of the Italian Consulate along with local stakeholders to arouse interest in the Italian language among young students. The event concluded with a certificate distribution ceremony to appreciate students for participating in the Italian Story Telling Session. To ensure a true Italian experience in Karachi, the children were served authentic Italian Pizza, which was enjoyed by all.