Boosting Heirs of Georgian-Chinese Friendship
28 March, 2013
Boosting Heirs of Georgian-Chinese Friendship
Last week, at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, a meeting with pupils of 11 Georgian schools and volunteer teachers of Chinese language was held to sum up the results of two month-long teaching.
Chen Jianfu, Ambassador of China to Georgia said: “It is a pleasure seeing you here, particularly the lively faces of children. They have shown a lot of enthusiasm and have already achieved certain success. This means that the relations between the two countries are
becoming closer. If last year, Chinese language was only taught at Georgian universities, now it is also taught at public schools by volunteer teachers. I am glad that there will be heirs to the Georgian-Chinese friendship tradition. Learning the language has gone beyond mere getting acquainted with culture. There is a boom of learning Chinese globally. Therefore, the government of China is allotting a lot of money. To prove that, it is enough to mention 300 institutes named after Confucius that have been opened up to date in the world. Chinese is the second most frequently learnt language after English.”
The next speaker was Aluda Goglichidze, Deputy Education Minister who greeted the ambassador, as well as participants and media representatives. “We are collaborating with the Confucius Institute. Thanks to the latter, ten teachers of high qualification were selected for our schools. Also the scholarships of the Chinese government for Georgian students should be mentioned. On behalf of the Georgian Ministry of Education, I want to confirm that we are always ready to boost the bilateral cooperation.”
Georgian Journal talked to Elene Datunashvili, a 15-year-old girl who learns Chinese at No. 53 public school: “We have learnt elementary level of communication. I want to admit that writing is quite complicated and we only know several hieroglyphs. We know around 30-40 of them. Hopefully, I will visit China one day, as it is the country of ancient culture.”
One of the volunteer teachers told Georgian Journal:”I think that Georgian students are very clever and they want to learn Chinese language. It is my first country of teaching and I am very content with children.”
Following the official speeches, eleven public schools presented their performances – some played the contemporary Chinese songs, others – folklore. Besides pupils, there were university students too. At the end of the event, famous Georgian classic song “Suliko” was performed in Chinese and Georgian languages. Some pupils cited verses of Chinese poets. The meeting was capped by the buffet of famous Chinese cuisine. The volunteer teachers will stay in Georgia for 5 months more.
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