I have always been sharing teaching material with colleagues around the world. This time, I have been so impressed by three intellectuals’ ideas, ways of thinking and writing about Algeria that I cannot keep my findings for myself.
In 'An Interview With an Algeria-phile', I read some weeks ago, Matthew Anderson is the Executive Director of the UK export trade body TVET UK. He has been working with governments all over the world to reform education systems. In the interview he had with the International Interest on May 21, 2015, he said that ‘at the beginning we were a bit frustrated by the slow progress,’ but gradually we managed ‘to set up an Algeria Limited Company to augment the satellite office to promote and export UK education to Algeria.’ When asked about the conditions of working and living in Algeria, Matthew simply replied that ‘people lead normal lives by UK standards!’ He added that he had never felt unsafe or threatened. ‘It is probably safer than some parts of London,' he said. When talking about the culture shock, Matthew said surprisingly that it was amazing to see that mix of Arabic and European style of life. People, for example, with Western clothes and others with a veil or other traditional clothes work and live together with great respect, tolerance and harmony…
Valentina Ghanem, on the other hand, is an artist from former USSR who chose Algeria as the country of adoption. She is living in Algeria with her husband and two children, Samir and Yanis. Her father was a painter and a founder of a school of Arts. She taught for three years in a school of Arts, but got stressed out though she liked children and teaching. Painting is all her life; it is something in her, and her blood is full of color. ‘You know’, she said, ‘I find real colors in the South of Algeria which is not only magic, but inspiring.’ All things in the South of Algeria affect her and leave an impact on her painting. It is something profound, and the impact is just as deep as it lasts over time.
Valentina who exposed all over the world is dreaming of taking her Algerian fascinating paintings to Ukraine. For her, Arts has no nationality and no border. ‘We must express our time and our inner world,’ Valentina concluded.
Last but not least, Nora Hamdi is an outstanding French novelist with Algerian origins. She was born in Argenteuil, France. When I read her article: ‘Algeria-The Hidden Treasure’, I was overwhelmed by her style of writing. This is how she started her article when she visited Algeria in spring 2014, ‘…And so, I witnessed the hidden treasure that is Algeria. With breathtakingly varied scenery, the mesmerizing beaches of Annaba and the seemingly endless Sahara, it was a far cry from my back garden in North London.’ I felt her love for Algeria when I also read this extract, ‘we were driving down a curve in the road, looking at the scenery ahead, when suddenly we saw a glimpse of gold. Curious, we followed the sight. Then we found it, a hidden beach…We immediately stopped the car and stepped out, soaking in the sun and dipping our feet in the brilliant blue Mediterranean Sea. Then I became annoyed with myself for not having visited sooner. It was really an amazing place with generous people. We sampled delicious Algerian cuisine, from Couscous to Tadjine to Smoked pepper salad…’
‘All in all, there was more to see than time would allow. Delighted that we had decided to visit Algeria, and when you are there, you will never think of leaving the country…,’ she concluded.
Thank you all for your love of Algeria. Algeria-an inspiration!
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