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Multicultural Week PV
Every year during the spring (May-July) and fall semesters (November-January), APU hosts a series of Multicultural Weeks. During each week the spotlight is put on one of the many countries and regions represented on campus and that country’s culture and language are introduced and celebrated through a range of student-led events and activities.
Between 100 and 150 students take a central role and work together to create each of the Multicultural Weeks. A feature of these Weeks is the fact that approximately a third of Week participants are not native to the Week’s featured country or region. These non-native students work under the guidance of native students to become expert ambassadors for their culture. Through this event students learn how to develop a greater sense of pride in their native culture and a greater respect for others, while also acquiring the kinds of skills sought in global human resources including mutual understanding and decision making skills, initiative and the ability to work well as part of a diverse team.
From December 16 until December 20, 2013, the African Week was held at APU. A delicious array of traditional dishes was available on the cafeteria menu in addition to traditional dance and music performances held throughout the campus and the Grand Show held on the final day of the week.
Footage of the Grand Show was streamed live on the internet via Ustream. Please be sure to tune in and enjoy the colourful performances by APU’s multilingual and multicultural students.
Thank you all for your interest in African Week.
We all have different images of Africa, most of which are created by the media. What we want to do with African Week 2013 is present you with a clearer image of Africa and portray her glorious image through song, dance and folk tales passed on from generation to generation. With African Week 2013, we are taking a traditional approach to modern Africa. We are taking a story in its true, if slightly exaggerated, form and showing it to a whole new audience—revealing to them an Africa they have never seen before.
What is our motivation? Simply put, our purpose is to help others see this beautiful continent for the way it is, not for the way others show it; to experience its rich and boastful culture coupled with the humble moral values imparted into every single child; to highlight our multicultural values and equality, traits which are rarely found elsewhere in the world; to show the livelihood and hospitality of this cradle that has kept people happy even through the most seemingly dire of situations; to present the taste of unique and healthy foods as well as the feel and smell of unadulterated nature. During African week 2013, we would like to bring people home… to where it all began.
Lined up for this year’s African Week are a variety of events ranging from special dances all the way from the heart of West Africa, to testimonials from several people who have been to the various countries and liked what they saw. And last but not least, you will be able to sample exquisite cuisine from the coast of the Indian Ocean right in our own cafeteria. Do not miss this chance as we bring Africa to you.