Tanzania Holds First Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students

[Source]    Xinhua News Agency [Time]    2017-05-17 13:50:39 

The First Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students was held in Dodoma, the capital of Tanzania on May 8th.

After a three-session competition including dictation, speech and dialogue, among 12 competitors from 6 Tanzanian secondary schools, Sada Djombo from Morogoro Secondary School finally won the first prize.

In her speech entitled My Home, Sada Djombo introduced her happy family life and her understanding about learning Chinese. “I love learning Chinese and I hope that one day I can study in China and know more about Chinese culture.” Sada Djombo said after winning the laurel.

During the competition, the secondary school students learning Chinese showed Kung fu and put on other performances, wining bursts of applause from nearly 200 field audience.

Before the competition, Prof. Simon Msanjila, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of the United Republic of Tanzania, encouraged students to actively participate in the contest, commended the 10 outgoing volunteer Chinese teachers and presented the Certificate of Honor to them.

Zheng Xueyu, Coordinator of Chinese Teaching Program in Tanzanian secondary schools, expressed that since their Chinese language courses were officially offered in 2013, the two Confucius Institutes in Tanzania have witnessed students’ increasing enthusiasm for Chinese learning, and that more students are welcomed to learn Chinese here.

In 2016, Tanzania has listed Chinese into its national education system and there are 6 pilot secondary schools as of now. By the end of 2016, there had been 2,631 registered secondary school students learning Chinese.

(Story by Li Sibo, Xinhua News Agency, Dodoma, May 25th)


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