UKZN’S FRENCH DEPARTMENT DONATES POETRY TREE TO EDEN COLLEGE

UKZN’S FRENCH DEPARTMENT DONATES POETRY TREE TO EDEN COLLEGE

The French Discipline at UKZN and the Association for French Studies in Southern Africa (AFSSA) have donated the Arbre à Palabres (palaver tree)-dubbed the “poetry tree” - to the French Department at Eden College.

The hand over was done during an entertaining French ensemble performance by college students.

The palaver tree was made by the Umcebo Trust assisted by refugees from French-speaking countries in Africa and Eden College’s French students.

This tree was decorated with poetry written by pupils of French from around the world as part of a competition organised within the context of the 13th World Conference of the International Federation of Teachers of French held in July in Durban and generously supported by UKZN.

According to UKZN’s Professor Francesca Balladon, the tree was conceived to figuratively emphasise that the conference was being held in Africa for the first time and also to symbolise the West African tradition of a community coming together, under the Arbre à Palabres, to share experiences and views and to connect with each other.

During her address to Eden College, Balladon said: ‘I hope that in this wonderful enriching environment that is Eden College this tree will inspire you all to communicate your ideas, your feelings, your views and your creativity throughout your school lives, and also when you get out into the real world.

French Teacher at Eden College, Ms Ann Lussi, was grateful to UKZN’s French Department and AFSSA for donating the Palaver tree. ‘We shall definitely look after this symbolic tree as it is quite special to us here. It is indeed a privilege to work with UKZN and to have this symbiotic relationship with the University’s French Department,’ she said.


author email : mungroo@ukzn.ac.za