Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao attends the opening ceremony of the 2014 Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in Africa and gives speech

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) [Time]    2014-07-11 14:01:32 

Tanzanian Vice President Mohamed Gharib Bilal delivering a speech

Mohamed Gharib Bilal said in his speech that China and Tanzania have had a time-honored friendship, and that the Confucius Institute in Tanzania serves as a platform for cultural exchanges between the two countries, spreading Chinese ideas and China’s voice. Bilal recognized the vital role that Zhejiang Normal University and the Confucius Institute at the University of Dar es Salaam have played in facilitating cultural exchanges between the two countries and in promoting the friendship between the two peoples. He expressed his wish that the Confucius Institute will continue to assume its responsibility of strengthening China-Tanzania and China-Africa friendships and of promoting exchanges between Chinese and Tanzanian ideas, thus helping deepen and carry forward China-Tanzania friendship and enabling the Tanzanian people to benefit from its activities.

At the opening ceremony, students from the Confucius Institutes at the University of Dar es Salaam and at University of Dodoma performed Chinese xiangsheng (cross talk), Kung Fu and chorus as a tribute to the 10th anniversary of the founding of Confucius Institutes, which received rounds of warm applause. Their fluent standard Chinese, excellent Kung Fu performance and energetic songs and dances all showed not only their achievements in and enthusiasm for the learning of Chinese language and culture but also their wish to promote generations of friendship between China and Africa.

Two students from the Confucius Institute at the University of Dar es Salaam performing Chinese xiangsheng (cross talk) I have passed the exam written by themselves

A Kung Fu performance

The two-day conference was devoted to sharing the experience of institute-running and teaching and to discussing the strategy for the future development of Confucius Institutes in Africa. Representatives exchanged ideas and held in-depth discussions on the following four subjects: the planning of the “Confucius Institute Day”, the model for cooperation between Confucius Institutes and institutions with Chinese capital, Chinese language teaching and vocational training and the promoting of exchanges and cooperation among Confucius Institutes in Africa.

During the conference, the sponsors also held experience-sharing meetings on excellent Confucius-Institute-running cases, an exhibition of achievements of Confucius Institutes in Africa and an exhibition of newly-developed Chinese language teaching materials under the guidance of “new syllabus, new platform and multiple resources”.

Up to now, Confucius Institute Headquarters have globally opened over 440 Confucius Institutes and over 660 Confucius Classrooms in over 120 countries and regions, with a total of 850,000 registered students. In Africa, 38 Confucius Institutes and 10 Confucius Classrooms have been set up in 32 different countries since the first Confucius Institute opened at the University of Nairobi in Kenya in 2004. Confucius Institutes in Africa, now flourishing and booming, possess the following four characteristics: first, the number of students is steadily rising and the teaching quality constantly improving; second, the training of local Chinese language teachers has achieved initial success; third, cultural exchange activities are diverse and distinctive; and fourth, great importance is attached to vocational training.

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