Chinese Ambassador to Uganda visits Confucius Institute at Makerere University to celebrate Chinese Lantern Festival

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at Makerere University [Time]    2015-04-23 17:20:46 

On March 5th, 2015, a delegation from the Chinese Embassy in Uganda, including Mr. Zhao Yali, Chinese Ambassador to Uganda, and his wife; Counselor Mr. Chu Maoming; Mr. Dou Yuqing, Head of Administration Section; and secretaries, visited the Confucius Institute at Makerere University to celebrate the Chinese Lantern Festival.

A group photo of Ambassador Zhao and his delegation

When Ambassador Zhao walked into a Chinese class, the students all cried out excitedly, “Welcome to the Confucius Institute, Ambassador Zhao! Happy Chinese Lantern Festival!” After observing the class, Mr. Zhao said it was such a pleasure to see so many students in Uganda learn Chinese. He highly praised the students’ standard pronunciation and advised them that there was no shortcut in learning languages. He also expressed his hope that the students would be able to communicate with him in Chinese in his next visit to the Confucius Institute in the future.

Students having their Chinese class

Ambassador Zhao talking to the students

Then, Ambassador Zhao and his delegation walked around the Confucius Institute and listened to reports on the development of the Confucius Institute, the designing of Chinese language curriculum, and the composition of Chinese teaching staff. He also learned about the life and work of Chinese teachers of the Confucius Institute. After listening to the reports, Ambassador Zhao fully commended the rapid development of the Confucius Institute in only half a year since its establishment. He expressed his warm concern and sincere thanks to both the Chinese director and Chinese teachers who spent their Spring Festival working at the Institute, and also hoped all staff of the Confucius Institute would achieve greater accomplishment in the new year by overcoming hardships in the difficult early stages of the Confucius Institute, so as to make greater contributions to popularizing Chinese culture and culture and educational exchanges between China and Uganda.

Students showing yuanxiao (sweet dumplings) made by themselves

After the meeting, Ambassador Zhao, on behalf of the Embassy, presented some traditional Chinese folk costumes, traditional musical instruments and food to the Confucius Institute. In return, the students invited Ambassador Zhao to taste some yuanxiao which they made by themselves. Greatly inspired by Ambassador Zhao’s visit, teachers and students of the Confucius Institute all expressed that they would work harder to learn Chinese and make their own contributions to China-Uganda friendship.


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