The Italian Embassy in Conakry celebrated the Italian Language Week with films, lessons in Italian and composition contests. The initiatives were part of the Italian Academic Language and Culture Course that opened last 1 March as part of the events for “Italy, Cultures, Africa”. A first group of grammar classes were offered to about a hundred students from four universities and three vocational schools and continued with lessons via videoconference connections from Italy which started last 9 September and will go on till December. These lessons are delivered by the Milan-based IULM University on journalism and corporate, cultural and institutional communication, by the Levi-Ponte Vocational School of Venice, on photovoltaic energy and innovative materials and technologies in the construction sector, and by the Studio PCPlanet in Bari, on information and telecommunication technology.
This didactic activity is held at the Embassy by the newly established Italo-Guinean Association for Economic and Cultural Exchanges called “Alvise Ca’ da Mosto”. The teachers and managers of local universities who attended the closing event of the Italian Language Week on 26 October, asked that the Italian course be continued in the coming years and that Italian courses be started in their respective institutes.
Saturday also marked the closing of the festival of subtitled Italian films (‘Italo’, ‘L’Oriana’, ‘White as Milk, Red as Blood’ -‘Bianca come il latte rossa come il sangue’, ‘Ever Been to the Moon?’ – ‘Sei mai stata sulla luna?’) and the screening was followed by a lively debate and the award of achievement certificates and prizes to the best essays in Italian.