A bigger Fifth Global Village opened at the College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q) yesterday with a total of 20 booths representing the diverse population of the College.
The Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage H E Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari and President of CNA-Q Dr Ken MacLeod officially launched the event yesterday.
“This is the first year we have Indonesia, Iraq, and the Philippines. We get bigger and bigger each year,” Diane Martin, Public Relations Specialist and co-organiser of the event, told The Peninsula.
Other countries represented in this year’s Global Village are Algeria, Egypt, Pakistan, Iran, Libya, Palestine, Jordan, Morocco, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United States of America, Somalia, Qatar, Lebanon, India and Canada.
“We started the Global Village when we moved to a bigger campus six years ago. We used to have international potluck when we were in a smaller campus because CNA-Q is home to many different cultures,” explained Martin.
“We always celebrate Qatar’s and Canada’s culture and cultures of students from other countries are somewhat lost so when we moved to a bigger campus in 2005, we saw it as a great opportunity to celebrate other cultures as well in one huge event where students can get together.”
The College gives much importance to the event allotting budget for the students to put up their own booths. “This is a hugely important event, being a non-academic one where students celebrate who they are and share their cultures with their friends and have fun. We have around 2,000 students from 24 different countries,” said Martin.
The event, which is open from 5pm to 10 pm today, also features student groups entertaining the crowd with traditional songs and dances from their home countries.