Chinese language

By Alex Osei-Boateng

Ghanaian parents have welcomed the teaching and learning of Chinese at the University of Ghana Basic Schools, one of the pioneer teaching sites set up by the Confucius Institute.

Chinese languageThe institute, which was established for the teaching of the Chinese language and culture, contributes a lot to the common cause of China and Ghana.

Young as it is, the Confucius Institute plays a remarkable and indispensable role in promoting cooperation in the fields of education, culture and people to people exchanges between the two countries.

It has set up one Chinese Center, four teaching sites, and more than 1,800 students have been receiving Chinese language proficiency and culture instructions since its establishment three years ago.

Recently, the Institute hosted activities to commemorate the Chinese Spring Festival, where the students demonstrated their knowledge and skills about Chinese culture and language, much to the satisfaction of their teeming parents.

Doris Amankwaah, who has a son in class six learning the Chinese language, looked very satisfied and elated as her son and colleagues took part in the celebrations.

“It was very splendid,” she told Xinhua in an interview.

Another parent, Lyn Obeng-Darko, who has two kids in the school, praised the authorities for introducing the teaching of Chinese which she said would make the children well equipped for the future.

“I am happy. At least, they know how to speak 1, 2, 3 and A, B, C in Chinese and I am very happy,” the smiling Lyn told Xinhua.

After successfully pioneering its work in the capital, the Confucius Institute is set to open its second center of learning at the University of Cape Coast later in the year.

Amankwaah advised parents to encourage their wards to learn at home and at school and always see to the ability of expressing themselves in the Chinese language.

“And to the children, they should also keep up with the good start and they will reach somewhere in the future,” she counseled.

The Chinese embassy has on every occasion not hidden its joy and pride to see the course of Chinese language teaching in Ghana gaining stronger and stronger momentum.

“I believe all of you will be excited by this news and will continue to support the course of Chinese study in the country,” said Wang Sheng, the Chargé d’Affaires of the Chinese embassy in Ghana. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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