The Preliminary Contest in South Africa of the 10th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Student Concludes

[Source]    People.com.cn [Time]    2017-08-11 14:26:26 
 


Song Neini and Ma Qila from Pretoria Chinese School winning the first prize after fierce competition

On August 5th, local time in South Africa, the 10th New Hope Cup Preliminary Contest in South Africa of Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Student was successfully held at the National Department of Basic Education in Pretoria, the capital of South Africa. After the previous publicity, registration, training and selection, 22 contestants from 4 Confucius Institutes, 3 Confucius Classrooms and Pretoria Chinese School in South Africa took part in the preliminary contest.


Contestants taking part in the written test carefully

The preliminary contest adopted the competition format of 100 points, and the total grades of written test, speech and talent show would be the final results of the contestants, of which the written test accounted for 40 points, the speech 30 points and the talent show 30 points. The judges would give the scores for every contestant in accordance with the score standard provided by the organizing committee of this preliminary contest, and the final ranking would be presented from top to bottom.

The contestants took the written test at 8 a.m. In the following speech contest, the contestants delivered their wonderful speeches with the topics like “Learning Chinese Well, Making Friends all over the World”, “My Chinese Dream” and “Chinese Makes the World Better”, they also showed their love and understanding toward traditional Chinese culture, customs, food as well as entertainment.


Contestant delivering the speech

The topic speech from a contestant Liu Anting is “My Chinese Dream”. “Learning Chinese is not easy, but I have a Chinese teacher. He always tells me that ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’. It is impossible to learn Chinese culture with a thousand years of history in one day.” She said, “I wish I could be a doctor in China one day, and learn more Chinese culture. Add the wings to Chinese language and let me fly to China. South Africa and China will be good friends forever.”


The speech draft of a contestant

A contestant used the “Classic Image in the Journey to the West” as his speech topic. He said: “The lawless Monkey King, who used to create a tremendous uproar in the heavenly palace, has become the symbol of revolt. Then, he was trapped under the mountain. Five hundred years later, he safeguarded Monk Tang to the west. During the journey, he tried his best to defeat the enemies through innumerable obstacles. He then is regarded as the embodiment of justice.”


Contestants performing a two-man act


Contestant performing paper cutting


Contestant performing whole-heartedly

The talent show was more splendid. All contestants spared no efforts at the stage. The performances like dancing, singing, paper cutting and two-man act dazzled the audience. Their great talents won the applauses of the audience as well as the unanimous praises of the judges.

After fierce competition, Song Neini and Ma Qila from Pretoria Chinese School won the first prize finally.


Contestant performing Chinese martial art


Contestant performing Xinjiang dance

What should be mentioned is that most of the contestants started to learn Chinese in recent one or two years, and most of them learned Chinese in the teaching sites established by the Confucius Institute and the Confucius Classroom. At today’s competition, their outstanding performances impressed the audience a lot. Promoted by the Confucius Institute and the Confucius Classroom, the Chinese teaching in South Africa gained leap-forward progress.

This contest was co-organized by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and Chinese Embassy in South Africa, held by the Confucius Classroom at Chinese Culture and International Education Exchange Center, and sponsored by New Hope South Africa Limited and China Construction Bank Johannesburg Branch.


Song Bo, Education Counselor of Chinese Embassy in South Africa, delivering a speech


Waheeda-Carwello, Curriculum Director of South Africa National Department of Basic Education delivering a speech

Song Bo, Education Counselor of Chinese Embassy in South Africa, Ms. Waheeda-Carwello, Curriculum Director of South Africa National Department of Basic Education, officials from related programs of the Education Department of Gauteng, Chinese and foreign directors of some Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms as well as the principals of local Chinese language schools were present at the contest.

The Confucius Classroom at Chinese Culture and International Education Exchange Center undertook the preliminary contest in South Africa of Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Student for the first time, while the competition spot was located at National Department of Basic Education, South Africa. This will definitely exert huge influence on the Chinese teaching in South Africa, and become a vital step of the development of the Confucius Classroom. The National Department of Basic Education has already included Chinese into the education curriculum system for middle school student. The success of today’s contest presented the achievements of the Chinese promotion in recent years, which will attract more students to learn Chinese.

(Story and Photos by Wang Lei; People.com.cn, Johannesburg, August 6th)