The Confucius Institute at the University of Kelaniya Carries out “Zero-Distance Contact with Mid-Autumn Festival”

[Source]    Division of Confucius Institute Affairs [Time]    2010-09-26 15:56:07 

The Confucius Institute’s Director Yang Chaorong presenting the Adiffa school with Chinese teaching materials

As the Mid-Autumn Festival approached, the Confucius Institute at the University of Kelaniya worked with the Adiffa School For Developmentally Delayed Children in Sri Lanka to hold a gathering entitled “Zero-Distance Contact with Mid-Autumn Festival” to celebrate the traditional Chinese festival. Mr. Kingsley Munaweera, President at Special Olympics Sri Lanka, board members of the Adiffa School, developmentally delayed students and some community education service institutions attended the activity.

At the party, President Kingsley Munaweera first told of his deep feeling for China when he led a delegation to participate in the Special Olympics Games held in Shanghai in 2007. Then he highly spoke of the Confucius Institute for coming into the local community to hold the party on the occasion of the Mid-Autumn Festival.

The Confucius Institute’s Director Yang Chaorong sharing moon cakes with students at the Adiffa School

During the activity, the Confucius Institute donated to the Adiffa School some Chinese books, stationery supplies and Chinese teaching materials. In addition, the institute will lend support to the school in helping the students learn basic Chinese and to learn how to cook Chinese food, offering information on sports education programs and sports and dance trainings.

The institute teachers also brought the students moon cakes, performed Chinese wushu and played “Phoenix Bamboo under the Moon Light” on hulusi. They also interacted with the students. This was the first time for these children in Sri Lanka to have close contact with the traditional Chinese festival. Their happy laughter and smiling faces deeply impressed everyone.

(Contributed by the Confucius Institute at the University of Kelaniya)