Last week UWC Dilijan was delighted to host a delegation led by Bernard Kouchner, a member of the Aurora Prize Selection Committee and the founder of Médecins Sans Frontières.
Bernard Kouchner is an internationally renowned politician and physician, who co-founded the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in 1971 and Médecins du Monde in 1980. From 2007 to 2010 he served as France’s Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs. He was appointed as the Minister of Health three times between 1992 to 2002.
The visit was organized as part of Aurora's international programme of inviting world humanitarian leaders to Artsakh. Dr Kouchner was accompanied by representatives of humanitarian organizations and Nicola Stanisch, Executive Director of Aurora Humanitarian Initiative.
Alain Boinet, the founder of Solidarités International, was part of the delegation. He has been involved in humanitarian work since 1980. Over the past 35 years, Alain has carried out many humanitarian missions, from emergency response to reconstruction projects. Another guest, Patrice Franceschi, is the former Chairman of the Société des Explorateurs Français and former Chairman and co-founder of Solidarités International. Franceschi is also a writer, a filmmaker, a sailor and a pilot, awarded with several medals and distinctions. Patrice Franceschi was at the origins of many humanitarian missions in war zones (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kurdistan, Somalia, Afghanistan, etc.)
Students from France and Canada met the visitors, showed them the campus and spoke about their experience of living and studying in Dilijan. During the college tour, students introduced to the guests one of their CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) projects about public health. ‘’The idea of this CAS is to interview doctors and other professionals from this field, to learn about their life, how they became what they became, what their work is like and what kind of activities would help a student reach there. This is particularly interesting for us because we will be interviewing professionals from all over the world, and will be able to learn about different perspectives and challenges of the same profession,’’ says Shahib Uddin Prokhor (Bangladesh, UWCD’22), one of the CAS initiators.
It was a pleasure to open the college doors for such special guests for the first time in a very long period or lockdown and a great opportunity for our students to meet people they can look up to and who inspire them to achieve more in the future.