First “Arica-China Youth Forum” and “China Day” carnival held in the Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi, Kenya
On the morning of July 25, 2014, the “Youth Volunteer Group” composed of seven students from Tsinghua University, faculty and students from the University of Nairobi, as well as specialists in wildlife protection and education participated in the first “Arica-China Youth Forum” in the Chinese Culture Experiencing Center of the Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi. Volunteers from Tsinghua University shared their experiences of working as volunteer teachers and protecting wild animals in Kenya. Specialists, teachers and students present had a talk about their understanding of commonweal and volunteer activities.
Mr. Tian Lin, Counselor & DCM of Chinese Embassy in Kenya, and Prof. Isaac Mbeche, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nairobi, delivered a speech respectively. Counselor Tian Lin firmly believes in the potential of the youth and the power of volunteer services. He expressed his appreciation of the commonweal activities carried out by Chinese young people in Kenya and their contributions to the cultural exchanges between China and Kenya. Prof. Mbeche pointed out that through the platform of Confucius Institutes, the educational and cultural exchanges between China and Kenya were getting increasingly frequent, which deepened the friendship between the two countries, helped their young people reach a consensus on the understanding of education, wildlife protection, volunteer and commonweal activities, etc., and promoted mutual development.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof. Isaac Mbeche delivering a speech
In the afternoon, students of the “Youth Volunteer Group” as well as teachers and students of the Confucius Institute held the “China Day” carnival on the campus of the University of Nairobi. In the carnival, the chorus of the University sang Chinese songs such as Alamhan and Returning Home, which showed the charm of Chinese music. They also performed local songs which had been translated into Chinese, thus expressing their good wishes for cultural exchanges between the two countries. Students present participated in activities such as “using chopsticks to pick up beans”, “paper cutting” and “making Chinese knots”. They also watched some films, including Charming China, Chinapedia, A Bit of China, etc., and tasted Chinese food. Through this carnival, students of the University had a better understanding of Chinese culture.
The chorus of the Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi singing Chinese songs
Students participating in the activities