International Integration Day was celebrated and Commonwealth Research Centre was launched by NWAMI recently, marked by speeches and cultural program.
Deputy Minister and Chief Whip in the Welsh Government Jane Hutt MS has appreciated NWAMI’s objective of community cohesion and social integration through education and cultural engagement. She underscored the vision and sentiment for Wales in promoting racial equality and said that the Welsh government is committed to addressing divisions in society by working with partners. She mentioned the new working group led by Professor Charlotte Williams OBE to advise and improve on the teaching of themes related to BAME that could enrich history, geography, and culture of Wales. She has also expressed her commitment to developing and delivering the Race Equality Action Plan for Wales.
Rt. Hon. David Jones MP recounted chairing of NWAMI’s inaugural meeting in 2011 and the succession of its events he attended over years thereafter. Applauding Dr. Sibani Roy as the driving force whose vision has made NWAMI as one of the leading forces for racial understanding in the country, he underscored the need for such an organisation standing for a cohesive society. He announced the new meaning of the acronym as Networking for World Awareness of Multicultural Integration and officially launched Commonwealth NWAMI.
Judge Ray Singh CBE, Chairman for NWAMI’s International Advisory Panel, Maria Gabriele Doublesin, Interim Chairman of International group based in Malta, Advisor to the group C. A. Coleiro- current Chairman of Malta Tourism Authority Enforcement Board for Compliance, Prof. Iwan Davies of Bangor University, 9 yr. old Aryan Pandit, Mark Isherwood, and Ragasudha Vinjamuri have all spoken on the occasion.
Cultural program included a presentation from Anup Kumar Biswas and party, and by Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence which included a beautiful dance by children. Sharad Jha presented a Maithili poem on integration. Classical dances by Suvarchala Madireddy and Roshni Sarkar were captivating.
Speaking on the occasion, Founder & Chair Dr. Sibani Roy said “NWAMI’s mission has been to integrate newcomers with local people through cultural exchange and education, to reduce hate crime and has successfully staged numerous cultural events, interfaith seminars, debates, language classes, cookery demonstrations, and so on. NWAMI also wants to bring the Commonwealth to North Wales and works hard to bring this dream to reality”. Amr Alwisha has rendered vote of thanks and wrapped up the event.