As a way of celebrating and enhancing China-Malawi relationship, about 78 students drawn from secondary schools across the country underwent a week long Chinese cultural and studies experience dubbed “China Week” at the Kamuzu Academy in Kasungu.
The students were taken through Chinese culture, studies, songs, Kung fu, handcrafts, language and general knowledge by a team of Chinese coaches.
The activities started from December 12 to 19, 2016 and speaking during the closing of the ‘week’, Secretary for Education Charles Msosa said culture plays a great role in the society and where two cultures meet it is always of significance.
“The perspective of cultural diplomacy has been very pleasing. Culture has a deeper meaning to the society and where there are two cultures the meaning is even deeper. It’s not surprising that many cultural exchanges have been developed to reduce mistrust among people in the world,” he said.
Msosa thanked the Chinese government for the support it has rendered to the education sector in the country.
“Quality education is one of the priorities of Malawi government, however alone can’t satisfy the need for quality education in the wake of high population. So I thank China for the support rendered,” he said, disclosing that there are a lot of Malawians on Chinese scholarships.
Charge D’ Affaires at the Chinese Embassy in Malawi Lai Xing said China values education as a key to development.
“School is where one should build solid foundation and from there, one decides where to move to, and what they can contribute. China values education, and it is the help in education that China has made progress,” he said.
Also making her remarks on behalf of fellow students Christabel Chinkhombe of St Michaels Secondary School said the student learnt a lot from the Chinese Culture mainly the spirit of hard work and team work.
Organised by Kamuzu Academy and Confucius Institute of University of Malawi, and funded by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, the China Week comes after a successful celebrations of China Day last year.
China Malawi relationship has now clocked 9 years after Malawi opted for China instead of Taiwan for diplomatic ties.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA