Confucius Institute in Islamabad Hosts the Inauguration of a Teaching Materials Exhibition
Ambassador Liu Jian and Minister Shah Jilani cutting ribbon to open the exhibition
Pakistan, September 24th—the teaching material exhibition of the Confucius Institute in Islamabad enjoyed its grand opening at Pakistan's National Gallery of Art. Liu Jian, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, and Pakistani Culture Minister Shah Jilani cut the ribbon for the event. Syed Hasan Javed, Assistant Minister of Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ri Yong Hwan, Ambassador of North Korea to Pakistan; Touqeer Nasi, Executive Chairman of the Pakistani Commission on Culture and the Arts; Abid Hussain Iman, Senior Consultant of the Competition Commission of Pakistan as well as over 200 people from various fields including the major media outlets of the two countries involved were present at the opening ceremony.
To ensure the smooth running of the exhibition, the institute began preparatory work in early August. It invited a number of experts and scholars to conduct surveys on the categories, characteristics and practical applications of Chinese teaching materials, and to arrange the exhibition through careful planning. The exhibition was finally divided into 8 zones: Great Wall textbooks, children Chinese teaching materials, general Chinese teaching materials, Chinese test books, Chinese dictionaries, sound Chinese wall charts, Chinese cultural books and China’s four treasures of study. The Chinese Embassy in Pakistan paid great attention to the event, lent full support to its preparation and promotion, and introduced the exhibition with emphasis upon its opening ceremony and first phase during the “Chinese Culture Week” co-sponsored by the embassy and the Pakistani National Council of the Arts.
After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, visitors to the exhibition came in an endless stream. Many of them, including people from cultural and educational circles and Chinese culture enthusiasts, wanted to buy books on site. After visiting the exhibition, representatives from various schools expressed their desire to discuss issues such as the offering courses and promoting the teaching materials at their schools with the institute. Children were attracted by children’s Chinese textbooks with vivid pictures and they sat on the floor to enjoy their reading.
At the exhibition, the institute’s work staff accepted interviews with media outlets from both China and Pakistan, amongst which, Xinhua News Agency and China Central Television put forward questions about the features of Sino-Pakistani cultural exchanges and the significance of the exhibition, receiving detailed answers from the head of the institute.
The exhibition will last 2 weeks at the National Gallery of Art. Afterwards the institute will carry out a directed exhibition tour of primary and secondary schools, universities and communities to display teaching materials. During the tour, the institute will also focus on the books displayed at the exhibition to promote Chinese language and culture through seminars, reading classes and open lectures. It can be expected that as the activities gradually unfold, the rise Chinese fever in Pakistan will experience another period of blooming.
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