6/10/2016 H.E. Dr Fatimie is Honored Guest Speaker at MOFA’s Japanese Language Program Ceremony
October 6, 2016: It was an honor and pleasure for His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Sayed Mohammad Amin Fatimie to give remarks at the entrance ceremony of the Japanese-Language Program for Foreign-Service Officers & Public Officials supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan and The Japan Foundation. H.E. Ambassador Dr. Fatimie was chosen as the representative speaker from among of all Their Excellencies and heads of diplomatic missions in Japan to give this speech for which he felt very fortunate.
This program is intended for international foreign-service officers and public officials who require Japanese-language ability to perform their work at overseas government and public institutions. The program contains a variety of activities for deepening understanding of Japanese society and culture. These activities include lectures and cultural experiences conducted by experts, visits to government institutions, corporations, and cultural facilities, and training field trips. The activities also serve to help participants create a network of social contacts throughout the country. With cooperation from the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Japan Foundation invites such people to Japan for an 8-month period to conduct training in Japanese language and circumstances.
H.E. Dr. Fatimie praised the Foreign Language Program as “the ideal example of international outreach and cooperation undertaken by your organizations to create cultural understanding through cooperation and communication.” He further added, “That is why essential programs such as this, JICA’s PEACE Program and many others sponsored by the generous support of the Japanese Government, which educate by bringing language comprehension and cultural understanding to produce global citizens, are so vitally important. They not only put Japan in a unique role of being a country that is proactively creating peace in the world, but also serve to give hope for the future.”
H.E. Dr. Fatimie impressed upon those present the belief that the “pen is much mightier than the sword. Education is the foundation on which capacity building has been crafted, and is exactly how understanding and peace will be actively built.”