Confucius Institute in Benin enters SOS Children's Village

[Source]    Xinhuanet [Time]    2015-06-12 15:36:49 

Over 20 teachers and students from the Confucius Institute at Abomey-Calavi University, Benin came to the SOS Children's Village in Abomey-Calavi on June 3rd, holding a Chinese culture experiencing activity for the children there.

Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute Liu Anping and Benin Director Julien gave learning materials like Chinese books and Chinese characters tracing books to the children as gifts on behalf of the Confucius Institute. Nine teachers and volunteers from the Confucius Institute patiently taught these children how to use chopsticks to pick peanuts and how to play traditional Chinese musical instruments like cucurbit flute. They also performed Chinese Taiji boxing and Chinese dances for the children.

These children soon learned how to say “nihao (hello)” and “huanying (welcome)” in Chinese happily. They also watched featured shows given by Confucius Institute teachers with interest and joined in various learning and experiencing activities. Laughers and cheers of children echoed in the hall. Some of them practiced writing their Chinese names with writing brushes over and over again, and some folded out many animals with colorful paper. What attracted them most were stool-grabbing game and peanuts-picking game. All children involved themselves in the games actively, bringing the whole activity to a climax.

Julien said in the gift-giving ceremony that, “When we sent books and toys to children, we did not only intend to bring happiness to them, we also hoped to give them a chance to change their future by themselves.”

Dounoux · Ramon, programme coordinator of the children's village, said that, “We feel grateful to teachers and students from the Confucius Institute for bringing us generous gifts and excellent performances. We wish that in the future we can cooperate more with the Confucius Institute, for it would make our children happy and gain a lot from it.” He mentioned this was the first time in more than 20 years that SOS Children's Village held an experiencing activity of Chinese culture. He expressed the hope that the Confucius Institute at Abomey-Calavi University could make it an usual practice to hold activities in the children's village.

The SOS Children's Village in Abomey-Calavi was established in 1987, and it was the first SOS Children's Village in Benin. By far, there are in total 11 classes and 105 children in the village and most of them were orphans.


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