Alliance Française, a unique address in Colombo: Inauguration of the new premises of the Alliance Francaise de Kotte with the presence of the Minister of Education.
Honourable Minister of Education, Mr Bandula Gunawardane, cut the ribbon and proceeded to light the oil lamp in the new Alliance Française premises at 11 Kepettipola Mawatha, Colombo 5. Since 2010, the main Alliance Française in Sri Lanka and the only true Alliance Française branch in the city of Colombo is called the “Alliance Française de Kotte”: it is the only Alliance Française institution in the whole of the Western Province to be affiliated with the International Alliance Française Foundation and to be officially recognized by the French Authorities (DELF Diplomas are delivered under the umbrella of the French Ministry of Education).
On this occasion, the Honourable Minister delivered words of encouragement. He expressed his hope for increased cooperation between the two countries in the fields of Education and Culture. He then visited the premises and interacted with some of the young students who are but a few among the numerous Sri Lankans of all ages learning French at 11 Keppetipola Mawatha, C.5.
To mark this auspicious occasion, AFKO (the nickname of the Alliance Française de Kotte, the only Alliance Française branch in the town of Colombo) inaugurated the exhibition: “Alliance Française : 130 years of History”. The exhibition can be visited – free of charge – at 11 kepettipola Mawatha until the beginning of the French Spring Festival.
Consisting of 21 display panels, this exhibition looks back to the time of the creation of the Alliance Française in Paris in 1869 and its developments thereon. Among its founding fathers are people such as the famous French scientist Louis Pasteur, the father of the microbiology and immunization through vaccination; Jules Verne, one of the most famous French authors known worldwide for his science fiction novels; and Jules Ferry, a former Minister of Public Education and the Fine Arts, a defender of free and compulsory Education in France. This exhibition highlights the sustainability of a cultural and educational institution which is present in over 1,000 cities in 135 countries worldwide.
In Sri Lanka, the Alliance Française network has 5 branches, 1 each in : Kandy, Jaffna, Matara, Galle, and Colombo. In Colombo, the one and only exclusive address is: 11 Keppetipola, Colombo 5