Confucius Institute at Bishkek Humanities University Holds “Grassland Kindergarten” Summer Camp

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Bishkek Humanities University, Kyrgyzstan [Time]    2018-07-26 14:59:07 
 

From July 19th to 20th, the Confucius Institute at Bishkek Humanities University and Otunbayeva International Education Foundation jointly held the “grassland kindergarten” summer camp. Teachers from the Confucius Institute at Bishkek Humanities University went to the Chayyk Steppes in the Cearle Pastoral Area of Naryn to bring colorful Chinese cultural activities to children living in the grassland.

In the yurt of the activity site of Keziate Meadow, teachers from the Confucius Institute showed children traditional Chinese crafts and games, including Chinese knot, paper-cut, calligraphy, as well as erhu and shuttlecock, and taught them some basic knowledge about Chinese language. Children quickly learnt how to pronounce “China”, “hello”, “horse”, “cattle”, and “milk” in Chinese.


Mujahath Baizura, a teacher from the Confucius Institute, instructing children Chinese characters with a picture book


Children playing checkers


Little girl loving the fan


Children trying to play erhu

In Ramah Meadow, teachers from the Confucius Institute distributed Garden of Chinese Language, the Chinese language textbook in Kirghiz compiled by the Base of the International Promotion of Chinese Language in Central Asia. It is worth mentioning that teachers from the Confucius Institute learnt beforehand Kirghizian folk song “Alakol” and sang with children, winning the heart of local herders. Children drew a rock painting outside the yurt to express their gratitude to these teachers.


Teachers from the Confucius Institute singing Kirghizian folk song “Alakol” with children


Children drawing a rock painting to express their gratitude to guests coming afar

Since it was the first time that these children living in the grassland had seen someone wearing the cute panda costume, they rushed to shake hands with the “panda” and hugged him. In the cheers and laughter, they felt the charm of the Chinese culture and the warmness from its neighboring country along the Silk Road. The seed of friendship has taken root in their pure hearts.


“Panda” becoming a superstar of the summer camp

According to Burul Sakimbaeva, the head teacher, since 2015, with the support of Hanban, the Confucius Institute at Bishkek Humanities University has cooperated with Otunbayeva International Education Foundation to implement the “grassland kindergarten” summer camp, aiming to provide sound education, care and assistance for school age children living in grasslands. Till today, the Confucius Institute has already carried out Chinese cultural activities in Issyk-Kul, Chuy, Jalal-Abad, Osh, Batken and Naryn Province, warmly welcomed by local herders and children.

Since its opening, this project has been highly praised by all sectors of local communities, and attracted attention from mainstream media, foundations, newspaper and the magazine Children’s Paradise. Thee Confucius Institute at Bishkek Humanities University will continue to make local citizens have a better understanding of China and Chinese culture and build the bridge of friendly exchanges between the two peoples through the “grassland kindergarten”.

Story and Photo by Ding Qiang

 
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