Ghana’s Minister of State in Charge of Tertiary Education Kwesi Yankah Visits Confucius Institute Headquarters

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters [Time]    2019-07-02 11:15:19 
 

On the morning of June 28th, 2019, Kwesi Yankah, Ghana’s Minister of State in Charge of Tertiary Education, visited the Confucius Institute Headquarters and met with Yu Yunfeng, Deputy Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and related personnel. The two sides exchanged in-depth views on the establishment of Confucius Institutes in Ghana, local Chinese language teacher training and other issues.


Kwesi Yankah, Ghana’s Minister of State in Charge of Tertiary Education, visiting the Confucius Institute Headquarters

Yankah spoke highly of the positive role played by the two Confucius Institutes in Ghana in promoting cultural exchanges between Ghana and China. He said that the Confucius Institute has become a bridge for the two peoples to communicate and enhance mutual understanding. The deepening pragmatic cooperation between Ghana and China in various fields needs a lot of talents who master Chinese. More and more Ghanaians, especially young people, are looking forward to having more opportunities to learn Chinese. It is hoped that the Headquarters will establish more Confucius Institutes in central and northern Ghana to meet the rapidly growing need of Chinese learning. He emphasized that it is better to learn a language at a young age. While Ghana expands Chinese language education in higher education, it plans to further extend Chinese language education to primary and secondary schools. Therefore, it is necessary to enhance the training of local teachers. It is hoped that the Headquarters will give more support to training local teachers.


Meeting between the two sides

Yu Yunfeng introduced the development of Confucius Institutes around the world. On behalf of the Headquarters, he thanked the Ghanaian government, especially the Ministry of Education for its strong support for the development of the Confucius Institute. He said that the Headquarters welcomes qualified educational institutions in Ghana to apply for the Confucius Institute, and will fully listen to the Ministry of Education’s opinions on the setting and layout of the new Confucius Institutes. The Headquarters will maintain close communication with the Canadian side on the establishment of Confucius Institutes, local teacher training, textbook development, and promotion of “Chinese + Vocational Skills”. It is expected to see further expansion of Chinese education in Ghana and to contribute to bilateral cooperation in various fields and the development of bilateral friendly relations.