Closing Ceremony of Chinese Language Training for Immigration Officials of Ghana Airport Kicks Off

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Ghana [Time]    2019-01-28 14:11:23 

On January 4th local time, sponsored by the Chinese Embassy in Ghana, the closing ceremony of the Chinese language training course for immigration officials of Ghana Airport was held by the Confucius Institute at the University of Ghana at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra, the capital of Ghana. Laud Kwasi Ofori-Afrifa, Deputy Comptroller General of Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Edith Penelope Arhin, GIS Commander of KIA, Josephine Dzahene-Quarshie, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Ghana, Zhu Jing, Political Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Ghana, and Zhou Senlin, Advisory Director of Ghana Association of Chinese Societies, Ghana Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Peaceful Reunification of China Association of Ghana, attended the event.

Group photo

Zhu Jing pointed out in his speech that with the further deepening China-Africa cooperation, learning and using Chinese is necessary for the immigration officials of Ghana Airport. He congratulated the graduates on their achievements and expressed his expectation for the next phase of the Chinese courses of GIS, and thanked the Confucius Institute at the University of Ghana for its efforts in this training.

Zhu Jing delivering a speech

Laud Kwasi Ofori-Afrifa expressed that the significance of the Chinese language training course was to help the immigration officials of the Ghana Airport to better communicate with the Chinese in Ghana. He hoped to further deepen the cooperative relationship between the two countries and provide more opportunities of further study for students.

Laud Kwasi Ofori-Afrifa delivering a speech

Lydia Amina Achel, as a student representative, said in her speech that through this Chinese language training course, immigration officials of the airport had learned a lot of practical Chinese knowledge and developed a strong interest in Chinese language and culture. They hoped to continue a further study of Chinese.

Lydia Amina Achel delivering a speech

Josephine Dzahene-Quarshie summarized the Chinese language training course and expressed that she hoped that all outstanding graduates could continue to learn and provide better services to the Chinese in Ghana, and promote Ghana-China friendly cooperation.

Josephine Dzahene-Quarshie delivering a speech

At the closing ceremony, the students of the training course performed wonderful Chinese language programs. Along with the lively dance, the song, “No Problem, My Chinese Has Now Improved”, adapted both by teachers and students, livened up the atmosphere. Later, the students brought a Chinese drama performance, showing the scenes of the immigration officials using Chinese to communicate with Chinese tourists in their daily work, and helping them when they encounter unexpected situations. Their standard Chinese pronunciation won the applause of the audience.

In the subsequent awarding ceremony, Zhu Jing awarded the certificates and prizes to the students. A total of 38 students completed the training course successfully, and 7 of them won the grand prize, the first prize, the second prize and the third prize respectively. The student, Samuel Ankomah Gyasi, won the grand prize for his outstanding performance in many aspects.

Awarded students

The Chinese language training course lasted for two months and 60 immigration officials attended the training. The students had always maintained a full enthusiasm for learning. Many students that worked night shift took the initiative to sacrifice their rest time to attend the Chinese course. Most students can now use Chinese to conduct daily conversations and answer common questions from Chinese tourists. Their Chinese proficiency and service attitude have been recognized and praised by the Chinese in Ghana.

The Confucius Institute at the University of Ghana will continue to contribute to the promotion of Chinese language. Through the Chinese teaching activities, the friendship between the Chinese and Ghanaian will be deepened and the friendly exchanges between the two countries will be promoted.


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