“Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students is wrapped up at Confucius Institute at University of Zambia

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of Zambia [Time]    2016-08-10 13:47:23 

On June 24th, local time, the Zambian regional final of the 9th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students, hosted by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and organized by the Chinese Embassy in Zambia and the Confucius Institute at University of Zambia, came to a close at the Confucius Institute at University of Zambia. A total of 12 secondary school students from ten provinces in Zambia participated in this competition.

The contestant delivering a Chinese speech

The contestants showed their great affection for Chinese culture and Chinese language through their excellent performances in the speech, Q&A and talent show sections. “I want to brew a cup of Chinese tea with the water from Victoria Falls.” “We have friends everywhere because we all speak the Chinese language.” “Every Chinese has a ‘China dream’. There is an eagle on the national flag of Zambia. I hope that each Zambian can become an eagle soaring up into the sky and all Zambians can jointly achieve the dream of Zambia.” The contestants’ speeches were full of witty remarks, winning waves of warm applause from the audience.

The contestant performing “Singing about the Opera Faces” for the talent show

In the talent show section, the contestants staged various forms of performances including Chinese songs, Huangmei opera, Chinese folk dance, hulusi solo, poem recitation and painting. Singing such songs as “Singing about the Opera Faces” and “Descendants of the Dragon” with sonorous voices and painting red plum blossoms with leisurely strokes, the contestants showcased their talents to the fullest.

Mr. Chen Shijie, Chargé d' Affaires at the Chinese Embassy in Zambia, presenting the prize to the grand-prize winner, Paul Kapasa

After the fierce competition, the contestant Paul Kapasa with his Chinese name as Qin Lang from the Mansa Secondary School in Luapula Province eventually won the grand prize in this competition by virtue of his fluent speech, excellent Q&A performance and splendid talents. Mulenga Judith with her Chinese name as Lin Ke from the Kasama Girls Secondary School in Northern Province claimed the first prize.

After the competition, Mr. Chen Shijie, Chargé d' Affaires at the Chinese Embassy in Zambia, encouraged the students to continue learning Chinese. He noted that the two countries at present were making efforts to strengthen the synergy of the development strategies and cooperation projects, which led to increasing demands for Zambian youngsters who could speak fluent Chinese and understand Chinese culture. The prospect for Chinese language learning will be broader and brighter.