Dissemination of Chinese culture reaches out to high school students at Confucius Institute at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (CI at PUC-Rio)
- Report of Open Day Event at Confucius Institute at PUC-Rio

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro [Time]    2014-06-16 16:23:31 

April 11, 2014 was the annual Open Day of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), which attracted over 5,000 students and more than 300 teachers from all the high schools in the city. On this day, Confucius Institute (CI) at PUC-Rio took an active part in it, publicizing the CI to expand its influence among high school students for attracting more students and teachers to the CI to experience the Chinese culture and learn Chinese language.

The PPT presentations, which introduced the current situation of CIs across the world and those in Brazil, served as a prelude. A series of intriguing cultural activities provided by the CI at PUC-Rio, among which Chinese courses at the State High School embracing Taiji, martial arts and the paper-cut attracted students and teachers a lot on the spot.

Then a volunteer teacher Yin Guanru, through video and on-the-spot demonstration, presented some basics of Chinese calligraphy and distributed ink brushes and water writing paper among students for interactive exercises, which greatly aroused their interest in Chinese characters, brush-written characters and Chinese calligraphy. Students wrote down their first brush-written characters and could not help marveling at the power of Chinese calligraphy. Afterwards, volunteer teachers, Huang Ruijiao, Li Xiangyun and Cai Zhaoliang presented the art of paper folding by PPT presentations, and taught each student how to do it in person. The students found great pleasure in doing this, learning earnestly from their teachers step by step and demonstrating happily their own works of art.

When the event was drawing to a close, students wondered how fast time flew, continuously asking teachers from China various questions about the country. With satisfying answers, they smiled with content and expressed their wishes to be further engaged with more cultural activities organized by the CI so as to learn more about the mysterious country and the language so as to find jobs related to it in the future. This event was successful in disseminating Chinese culture as well as in promoting influence of the CI at PUC-Rio among high school students in Rio, and was therefore greatly applauded by both the sponsor university and the participants.

Look, how absorbed they are!

The first calligraphy class in life

Learning paper folding

The photo of some high school students and teachers after the event

By Qiao Jianzhen and Huang Ruijiao