Confucius Institute Holds 17th “Chinese Bridge” Global Chinese Proficiency Competition For Secondary Schools

The Confucius Institute at the University of Ghana hosted the 17th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition, which, for the first time, included a category for secondary school students aged 12 to 18.

Held on the premises of the Confucius Institute, the competition provided a platform for students to showcase their proficiency in the Chinese language and their understanding of Chinese culture. Winners from this event will go on to represent Ghana on the global stage of the competition.

Mr. Li Yang, Minister-Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Ghana, delivered a speech highlighting the importance of language as a tool for communication and cultural exchange. He emphasized that learning Chinese helps foster mutual understanding and cooperation in a globalized world. Mr. Li noted the increasing popularity of Chinese language studies in Ghana, stating, “More than 25 million foreigners from over 180 countries and regions are studying Chinese, with 76 countries including Chinese programs in their national curriculum.”

The Registrar of the University of Ghana, Mrs. Emelia Agyei-Mensah, was the Special Guest at the event. In her address, she expressed her gratitude to the Confucius Institute for organizing the competition and emphasized the significance of such events in promoting language and cultural exchange. She encouraged parents and guardians to support their children’s interest in learning Chinese, noting that proficiency in the language could open doors to prosperous futures.

Professor Clement Appah, the Ghanaian Director of the Confucius Institute, welcomed participants and attendees to the competition, which was themed “FLY HIGH WITH CHINESE.” He highlighted the competition’s role in motivating students to excel in their studies and fostering a deeper understanding of Chinese culture.

The competition saw impressive performances from students, reflecting their dedication and hard work. As the event concluded, participants, parents, and guests left with a renewed appreciation for the role of language in bridging cultural divides and fostering international friendships.

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