Last week was an exciting moment at SIMAD University as one of the mega events of SIMAD University, Cultural Week, came to an end.
The closing ceremony of the Cultural Week was attended by the top management of the University, lecturers, poets, students and other honorable members.
During the week, there was a series of contests among the faculties of the University in which students demonstrate their hidden talents as well perform cultural arts and activities. The contests include Holy Qur’an contest, poems, tug of wars, Somali folk dances, running, Sports tournament, and other interesting activities. In addition, Somali traditional foods and other various arts and cultural exhibitors were also on display. Students were very privileged to recall to their culture.
The closing day of cultural week concluded with a prize distribution ceremony. Holy Qur’an contest is one of the few competitions with utmost importance and the university encourages all students to learn the Qur’an by heart. Thus, a student from Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences who came first in Holy Qur’an contest among the university students was awarded a full scholarship for the rest of his studies. Similar to that, a female student received a full scholarship since she became first among the university female students. Other successful students received trophies, monetary awards, and certificates of recognition.
The Rector of SIMAD University – who has attended the closing ceremony- thanked and appreciated the event organizers for the well-done job. In his closing remarks, he urged all students to take part in the university activities beyond the boundaries of the classroom.
This was the first Cultural Week organized by SIMAD University Students Government, and the intention of this week is to give an opportunity to young generations to appreciate their culture and traditions.
The year’s event was themed “Ha Dhumin Dhaxalkaaga Hooyo”, meaning “Don’t lose your indigenous culture”
SIMAD University gives an opportunity for its students and other Somalis to learn about their past, and this is the few occasions to learn and understand about Somali history.