A China-African friendship knowledge competition was held in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, demonstrating the ever strengthening cooperation in education and cultural exchanges between the two countries. Sponsored by the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, the competition was organized by Confucius Institute at the Addis Ababa University (A.A.U.) and Confucius at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Institute on the premises of A.A.U.
With three rounds of different levels, the competition has involved 10 contestants from the A.A.U. Chinese Language Department. The competition involves presenting speeches in Chinese language; question and answer session on the Sino-Africa relations; and also talent shows on Chinese cultures including chanting verses, singing, dancing and Kung fu (Chinese martial arts).
Mebrhatu Solomon, who scored the highest to win the competition in first rank said that the Competition, “Chinese Bridge” creates opportunity to learn more about China while showing one’s competence. He was once in China to learn more Chinese language and he also participated in such competition with contestants from different countries including 26 African countries. He added such event creates opportunity to know more about China and other countries while promoting one’s own culture.
“It is a very good opportunity; the competition, one it helps you show your competence; secondly, it helps us know more about the Chinese language and culture. It will also plays role in creating awareness among others about the Chinese. Furthermore, it also creates opportunity for them to know and learn about our culture and history. And I am very happy about it,” he said.
Another contestant of the competition at the A.A.U., Tihtena Shigute won the second place, also said the competition was very good that she enjoyed it. She is a third year Chinese language student at A.A.U., said learning the Chinese helps know many other things.
You Yi, Cultural Counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, stated that the competition is one of the demonstrations that show the China-Africa strong cooperation on education and culture. The counselor also noted that China would further strengthen its cooperation with Ethiopia and Africa as a continent in the field of education, culture and people-to-people relations.
“This is Chinese Bridge, Chinese language focused knowledge competition covers a wide field, basically very friendly cooperation with Ethiopia and Africa as a continent,” he said, “We have to show to the African people, here of course Ethiopian people, about our cooperation in past few years.”
Confucius Institute is a non-profit public educational organization affiliated with the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, whose aim is to promote Chinese language and culture, support local Chinese teaching internationally, and facilitate cultural exchanges. It began in 2004 and is overseen by Hanban (officially the Office of Chinese Language Council International). The program is governed by a council whose top-level members are drawn from the Communist Party of China leadership and various state ministries. The institutes operate in co-operation with local affiliate colleges and universities around the world, and financing is shared between Hanban and the host institutions. The related Confucius Classroom program partners with local secondary schools or school districts to provide teachers and instructional materials.