Afghanistan Regional Preliminary Round of “Chinese Bridge” Competition Comes to End

[Source] [Time]    2018-05-15 19:01:21 

On May 8th, the Afghanistan regional preliminary round of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students and for Foreign Secondary School Students held in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan , concluded.

The competition had three segments, including Chinese speech, knowledge Q&A and talent show. Seven students from Confucius Institute (Chinese Department) at Kabul University and six secondary school students from Marefat School with Chinese teaching site competed respectively. It is the third year of the “Chinese Bridge” Competition to be held in Afghanistan.

The theme of this year’s competition was “One World, One Family”. Focusing on the topics of “building a community with a shared future for mankind” and “the Belt and Road” initiative, the contestants explained how the concept of “One World, One Family” has inspired and helped the development of China-Afghanistan relations and the peace and reconstruction in Afghanistan.

In the talent show section, the players gave full play to their strengths including singing Chinese songs, showing tea art, paper-cutting for window decorations and performing wushu to show their love for Chinese culture.

Zahra Ebrahimi from Confucius Institute (Chinese Department) at Kabul University was dressed in Hanfu (traditional Chinese garment) and explained the Chinese tea culture while brewing tea, dazzling the Afghan audience.

Combining rap with Chinese songs, Bilal Rezai from Marefat School praised the development and achievements since the founding o China in dynamic rhythms. The performance exuded youthful vitality and brought the atmosphere to a climax.

Finally, Erfan Ali Kazimi from the Confucius Institute at Kabul University and Mohammad Reza Farize from Marefat High School won respectively the first prizes of the College Group and of the Secondary School Group.

Liu Jinsong, Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan, said in his speech that Chinese is the wing by which Afghan students realize their dreams in life. It is hoped that young Afghan students would study hard and master Chinese in order to better serve the cause of peace and reconstruction of their nation while understanding the history of Chinese culture.

Hamidullah Farooqi, Chancellor of Kabul University and Advisor Minister to Afghan President on Higher Education, said that the relations between China and Afghanistan enjoy a long history, and it is the responsibility of every higher education institution in Afghanistan to promote the healthy and smooth development of the relations between the two countries.

(Story by Jiang Chao, Dai He, Xinhua News Agency, Kabul, May 8th)