Dante Alighieri language school in Durban aims to promote peace and understanding among people, to develop cultural cooperation between nations
Società Dante Alighieri?
The Dante Alighieri Society was formed in Italy in July 1889. The society was named after Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), a pre-Renaissance poet from Florence and the author of The Divine Comedy. Dante is considered the father of the Italian language.
The sole purpose of the Dante Alighieri Society is to promote the study of languages and cultures throughout the world. A purpose independent of political ideologies, national or ethnic origins or religious beliefs: the Society is a free association of people - not just Italians - but all people everywhere who are united by their love for the Italian languages and culture and the spirit of universal humanism that these represent.
In 2005, the Dante Alighieri Society was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Communications and Humanities.
The Durban Committee of the Dante Alighieri Society was founded in 1998, offering language courses for children in school age up to Matric level and adult courses at all levels. In addition the offering of translation services in Durban was introduced. The language school in Durban has its headquarters at the Italian Club in Durban North.
Numerous cultural activities and entertainment were introduced in the calendar of the Society from year to year, with the aim of increasing interest in the culture, and to raise funds for the sustenance of the Committee and for other non-profit Organizations. Activities such as Italian cooking classes, plays, film forums, seminars, art exhibitions, concerts, have taken different forms over the years.
The most important project of our Committee is to offer in the most incisive way the study of the Italian language in local schools, not only as an extramural, but also integrated into the school curriculum.