Aiming to explore the potential of cooperation between the two
countries in education, research and science among others, the
Embassy of Switzerland has held an interactive inter-school event
here to mark the 'Year of Science and Education of Switzerland in
Presiding over the function yesterday, Switzerland Embassy Charge 'd
Affairs Arthur Mattli said the effort is basically to reach out to
people, which generally doesn't happen through diplomatic
''The objective is to bring about tangible results in bilateral
relations between India and Switzerland and reach out to people in
person.'' He said listening to children and interacting with them
has ''taught me a lot'' and ''I am truly impressed by their content
and information level''.
Organised under the aegis of 'Friendship Cup 2009,' the interactive
session at Tagore International School in South Delhi's East of
Kailash area saw students of Classes VII, VIII, IX and XII
participate in quiz, essay writing and T-shirt designing under the
'Get to Know Switzerland Better' category.
Also, under 'Friendship in Diversity' category students came out
with inspiring ideas to further strengthen the bonds between
Switzerland and India.
Commenting on this, Mr Mattli lauded the creative insight of
students and the zest displayed in their efforts and said
'Friendship in Diversity' sharpens our minds, opens our hearts and
looks for different solutions.
''It is also about beauty, discovering new things and sharing common
views,'' he said adding it celebrates similarities in diversities by
encouraging children to read and study diverse sources of
information and present the same in a way that would bring out the
best of their creativity.
Such projects would open a window on Switzerland for students and on
concerns of common interest like environment, especially since the
focus this year was on science and education, he added.
The project includes introduction of Switzerland as a focus country,
encompassing its various aspects and identifying striking
similarities and differences with India.