Preliminary Round of Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students in Pakistan Held for First Time

[Source]    CRI Online, China Media Group [Time]    2019-09-04 10:12:50 
 

On the morning of August 28th, the overseas preliminary round of the 12th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students in Pakistan was held in the assembly hall of the Millennium Universal College in Islamabad. It was the first time for Pakistan to hold the overseas preliminary round of Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students. Pang Chunxue, Minister Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan, and Zhang Heqing, Cultural Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan attended the event.


Zhang Heqing, Cultural Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan delivering a speech

The overseas preliminary round of the 12th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students in Pakistan was hosted by the Cultural Office of the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan and organized by the China Radio International (CRI) Confucius Classroom Pakistan. After the early stage of selection, 9 secondary school students from Roots Millennium Schools and the Science School Islamabad were short listed for this competition.

The whole competition consisted of three parts: Chinese speech, impromptu question and answer, and Chinese cultural performance. In the part of Chinese speech, the contestants talked about their own experience of learning Chinese with vivid and interesting stories. In the Chinese cultural performance, the programs such as Chinese song, dance, Tai Chi fan, Tai Chi sword, and reciting and singing ancient poetry show strong Chinese style.


Abeeha Shoaib, the champion

The contestant Suha Fatima said in fluent Chinese that before she learned Chinese, she was just an ordinary student. Learning Chinese has created a lot of opportunities for her to show herself and she has become more and more optimistic and confident. The contestant Abeeha Shoaib explained the life lesson the Chinese philosophy brought to her, “The black and white of Taiji contains the world and covers all aspects of life. Thanks to Chinese, I have learned so much profound life philosophy. Learning Chinese well make me smile in experiencing the ups and downs of life.”


Suha Fatima, the runner-up

Finally, Abeeha Shoaib, student from the Flagship Campus of Roots Millennium School won the championship of the preliminary round. After winning the prize, Abiha told the journalists excitedly, “I will continue to work hard to win the final and have the name of Pakistan included in the list of the prize winners of the Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students. In the future, I want to study at the university in China, continue to learn the Chinese Tai Chi and Kungfu, and go to work and live in China.”

Pang Chunxue, Minister Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan said that China and Pakistan have been good neighbors, friends, brothers and partners since ancient times. With the development of the Belt and Road Initiative and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, both China and Pakistan have made remarkable achievements in the cooperation in various fields. In recent years, learning Chinese has started to be in vogue around the world, and Pakistan is no exception since many Pakistanis can speak fluent Chinese. Through learning Chinese, Pakistanis can better understand China and promote the people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.


Pang Chunxue, Minister Counselor of the Chinese Embassy attending the event

Chen Xiang, Chinese Director of the CRI Confucius Classroom Pakistan introduced that the CRI Confucius Classroom has cooperated with the Roots Millennium Schools, the third largest education group in Pakistan, for ten years, and has offered Chinese non-credit compulsory courses in the primary and secondary schools of the group. The overseas preliminary round of Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students is held in Pakistan for the first time in ten years. The purpose is to stimulate children’s enthusiasm for learning Chinese, and to provide the children who love Chinese with a platform to show their learning outcomes and more opportunities to learn Chinese.

(Story by Liu Chang, CRI Online, China Media Group)

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