The Confucius Institute in Munich Takes an Active Part in Open Day of Korbinian-Aigner-Gymnasium Erding, Germany

[Source]    Confucius Institute in Munich [Time]    2014-04-14 15:53:06 

On February 22, 2014, the Confucius Institute in Munich, at the invitation of Mr. Fuhrig, Principal of the Korbinian-Aigner-Gymnasium Erding, participated in the annual open day of the school. The theme of this year’s open day was “Experiencing Campus Life and Various Cultures”. Both Chinese and western cultures were presented here, which were warmly welcomed by students and local residents.

Li Kaning, teacher of the Institute, and Wang Ping, volunteer, participating in the open day

According to the theme of the open day, the Confucius Institute in Munich specifically selected Chinese calligraphy and traditional games (such as Chinese chess, Klotski, and Chinese ring puzzle) to present on the open day, which greatly attracted many students and local residents, thus becoming a highlight of the event.

Volunteer Wang Ping teaching the calligraphy lesson

Wang Ping, a volunteer from the Confucius Institute in Munich, presided over the teaching about calligraphy. She introduced in detail the basic knowledge of Chinese calligraphic art to students and parents who participated in the event and showed them how to write basic strokes. Many persons who participated in successfully wrote their Chinese names with the help of Ms. Wang Ping, and went back home happily with their “works”. In accordance with the arrangement of the school, three calligraphy lessons were held successively on the open day and over 100 students, parents, and local residents took part in this activity.

Traditional Chinese games with distinctive characteristics placed next to the culture information table attracted many participants. They asked enthusiastically the teachers of the Confucius Institute about games such as the layout of the Chinese chess, the solution of the Klotski, rules of the Chinese sliding puzzle, as well as other aspects of the Chinese culture they were concerned about. The greeting cards of twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac prepared by the Confucius Institute in Munich for the 2014 Spring Festival and the red Chinese knots decorating the exhibition venue gave the participants a taste of the Chinese culture.

Mr. Li Kaning explaining the greeting cards of twelve animals of Chinese Zodiac to people who participated in the event

The Korbinian-Aigner-Gymnasium Erding, located on the outskirts of Munich, is a partner of the Confucius Institute in Munich. Since last September, the Confucius Institute, while ensuring the implementation of the original teaching plan, has set up a Chinese teaching site in this high school. Now there are fifteen students taking Chinese as an optional course.

The open day of this year lasted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a total of four hours, and more than 2,000 people took part in the event. The participation of the Confucius Institute in Munich not only enriched the content of the open day of the school, but also helped local students and residents understand and experience Chinese culture.