Mauritian gets Francophonie "Five continents" prize

Bucharest- Romania (PANA) – The Francophonie five -continents prize for 2006 was awarded Sunday in Bucharest, Romania, to Mauritian female writer Ananda Devi for her novel "Eve de ses décombres", published by the Gallimard editions.
The International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) secretary general, Abdou Diouf presented the winner with her prize in the presence of Romanian Culture and Religions Minister, Adrian Iorgulescu.
The ceremony was held in the Bucharest national Theatre on the sidelines of the Francophonie 11th heads of states and governments summit.
The ceremony was an opportunity for the jury chaired by Congolese writer Henri Lopes to praise the "outstanding writing on cultural diversity in the Francophone zone as well as for the originality of its characters who went close to animality in order to stir the conscience of people who think they represent humanity".
In addition, it's the first time since the prize was set up in 2001, that "a special distinction" has been awarded to Canadian writer, Pierre Yergeau, for his novel "La Cité des vents" published by the "L'Instant même" editions.
The Five continents Prize, set up by the OIF with the aim to promote award-winning novels and their authors seeks to highlight literary talents reflecting the expression of cultural and editorial diversity in French across the five continents.
This prize, along with a 10,000 euros cash price for the winner and 5,000 euros for the special distinction, rewards a novel by a writer featuring a specific cultural experience making the French language richer.
For the 2006 edition, the five continents jury received 141 works from 31 countries belonging to the Francophone zone but only 10 of them (works) were accepted by the members of the jury who rewarded Mauritian Ananda Devi for her novel "Eve de ses décombres".
This OIF 11th heads of states and governments summit, convened this year in Romania, is not triggered by chance or the passion of Romanians for the French language, which has always been based on a "rational choice".
"Romania is a vehicle for the Francophonie in Central and Eastern Europe.
The institutional Francophonie is well established there.
Bucharest hosts the regional branch for Central and Eastern Europe of the OIF and the Central and Eastern Europe Office of the Francophonie University Agency (AUF)", says an OIF statement issued in Bucharest.
It noted that the Romanian capital has already hosted important Francophone events such as the 12th ministerial Conference of the Francophonie in 1998 and the 10th edition of the Nicolae Titulescu Foundation courses in 2000, dedicated to the institutional Francophonie.
For assimilating the core values founding the OIF that are the respect for human rights, freedom, cultural diversity, solidarity, democratic Romania was admitted into the Francophonie first as an observer country and later as a full-fledged member in 1993 and plans to represent actively the Francophonie within the European Union (EU).
The choice of the theme "Information technologies in education" for the Bucharest summit, moreover, shows Romania's experience in this area with its Francophone partners, because, in e Romanian teaching has make "significant progress" on the use of information technologies in education.
"In 2001, the programme to set up the computerised educational system based on the strategy devised by the Romanian government programme, was implemented.
It also covers school and university education," the OIF statement noted.
According to the OIF, this nation-wide programme, has already posted "promising" results as at the pre-university level, 4,832 units of departments out of the 6,577 existing are already equipped with computers and servers.

25 Setembro 2006 13:04:00

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