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Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students in South Africa Held in DUT

FAFU   发布时间: 2022-06-15   信息员:

Hosted by Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of South Africa and organized by CI (Confucius Institute) at DUT (Durban University of Technology), the 15th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students in South Africa was held online on May 29th. 

10 students from 7 secondary schools are selected by the Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms in South Africa to participate in the regional final sponsored by Bank of China (Durban Branch) and Fujian Chunlun Group.

South African officials, including Anil Sooklal, Deputy Director-General of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Nomsa Shabangu, Deputy Director of International Relations in National Department of Basic Education, Tshepo Nkomo, Senior Director of Department of Basic Education, Sibusiso Moyo, Vice President of DUT and Foreign Director of Confucius Institute at DUT, were invited to attend the contest. Chinese officials such as Li Xudong, Education Counselor of Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of South Africa, Sun Anlin, Deputy Consul-General in Durban, Yu Botao, Manager of Bank of China (Durban Branch), Fu Xiaoping, Vice President of Fujian Chunlun Group, were also invited. They expressed their sincere expectations for Chinese learners of secondary school students in South Africa and best wishes for language and cultural exchanges between China and South Africa.

Guests and contestants participated in the competition online 

Ambassador Anil Sooklal and Guests 

The competition, under the theme of “Fly High with Chinese”, was held online via ZOOM and was livestreamed on Youtube. More than 300 people watched the live streaming. As the partner university of Confucius Institute at DUT, FAFU staged a dragon dance performance at the opening ceremony to kick off the competition. Fujian Chunlun Group also introduced the Jasmine tea culture of Fuzhou for local audiences. 

The competition was conventionally divided into three parts: written test, speech and talent show. In their keynote speeches, contestants shared their Chinese learning stories and their prospects for the future studies. In the talent show competitions, contestants dressed in traditional Chinese costumes and demonstrated the extensiveness and profoundness of Chinese culture through various Chinese talents such as calligraphy, Tai Chi, dance, flute and Guzheng (a 21-or 25-stringed plucked instrument), bringing a magnificent audio-visual feast to everyone. 

Contestants’ Talent Shows 

Shurafa Abrahams and Zoe Mbila from the Confucius Classroom of CAMST (Cape Academy of Math, Science and Technology) won the first prize and they will represent South Africa to participate in the global final of “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School students. Lehumo Mahlabana from Kearsney College, a teaching point of Confucius Institute at DUT, won the third prize.

Students of the Confucius Institute at DUT won the third prize in the South African regional final 

Li Xudong, Education Counselor for the Chinese Embassy in South Africa, made a concluding speech. He congratulated all the contestants for their excellent performance and expressed appreciation to the Confucius Institute at DUT for the meticulous organizing and planning. He said that learning Chinese has become a new global trend and a key to understanding the real China, which helps young people fly high and realize their dreams. He also encouraged the contestants to visit China when COVID-19 pandemic is over, to experience the charm of Chinese culture and further improve their Chinese language proficiency. He hoped that more and more outstanding young people would contribute to enhancing the understanding and cultural exchange between China and South Africa.

 

Correspondant/Photogragher: the Confucius Institute at DUT of FAFU

Translators: Chen Jun, International College

Xiao Xinjie, International College


 
 
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