Celebrating 70 Years of Franco-Nepali Diplomacy !

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2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Franco-Nepali diplomatic relations. As part of the initiatives to commemorate the occasion, the French Embassy in Nepal organised a logo-designing competition in collaboration with Alliance Française of Kathmandu in the private school Victor Hugo Manjushree Vidyapith (Budhanilkantha). This school has a close relationship with France and currently welcomes more than 200 children from modest families. AF Kathmandu enthusiastically participated in the competition at several stages and is currently hosting an exhibition wherein all the entries will be displayed in its premises from Feb 6, 2019.

Some students of Victor Hugo Manjushree Vidyapith proudly showing off the winning logo

Some students of Victor Hugo Manjushree Vidyapith proudly showing off the winning logo

Established in 2005 by two Francophone Nepalese, Pramod Khakurel and Saru Khakurel, the Victor Hugo Manjushree Vidyapith upholds the values ​​of human rights, equal opportunities, and protection of the environment. Their love for the French language and culture can be gleaned from the fact that they chose to name the school after the French writer Victor Hugo. The school regularly incorporates French elements in its functioning. The students of the school had previously sung the French and Nepali national anthems on the French National Day on July 14, 2018. They also participated in Planet Nepal, a festival of arts and environment organized by AF Kathmandu, in November 2018.

The unveiling of the winning logo

The unveiling of the winning logo

Within the framework of the competition, Pauline Vengeon (Director, AF Kathmandu) visited the school to outline how to create a logo and the importance of choosing the right symbols. Fifty students, aged 10 to 16, enthusiastically participated in the competition.  Supervised by two French volunteers and the school management, the participants brainstormed about the process of drawing a logo, the choice of elements, the meaning of the symbols, its significance for an organization etc. Once sensitized, each participant chose the logo of a company or an international organization to analyze hidden symbolic elements. This was followed by intense research on what symbols could be best used to represent the two countries. Finally, after a month of research and sketching, the final drafts were submitted to the French Embassy in Nepal.

The shortlisted logos

The shortlisted logos

The French Embassy in Nepal selected three winning designs. Out of these, the final drawing was digitized and reworked by the graphic designer at AF Kathmandu before being submitted to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Nepal and France. The laureates and all participants were thanked on January 8, 2019 during the announcement of the winner at Victor Hugo Manjushree Vidyapith in the presence of the Ambassador of France in Nepal, the Mayor of Budhanilkantha, the Director of AF Kathmandu, and the President of the Endowment Fund of the construction company GSE which supports the school. The logo was officially unveiled at MOFA on January 9, 2019 in the presence of Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi and Maurice Gourdault Montagne, Secretary General of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.

The winning logo

The winning logo

Siddharth Bhatt

Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal

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Directeur de publication : Délégation Générale de la Fondation Alliance Française en Inde et au Népal

Rédacteur en chef : Laurent Elisio Bordier

Rédacteur/Coordinateur national : Siddharth Bhatt

Rédacteurs, contributeurs : Guillaume, Abhirami, Alexandre, Chintan, Cléa, David, Eleonore, Elie, Kanika, Karine, Nita, Thomas, Malvika, Marie-Joëlle, Meera, Mayuri, Mitushi, Alice, Prutha, Romain, Ritika, Manas, Supriya ...