Ger­man stu­dent lives his Chi­nese dreamin school

18-year-old vol­un­teer came to teach English in ru­ral Guangxi re­gion

China Daily (Canada) - - HONG KONG - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

In­spired by hear­ing First Lady Peng Liyuan men­tion­ing the “Chi­nese dream” two years ago, Ger­man grad­u­ate Max­i­m­il­ian Volges came to South China’s Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion as a vol­un­teer to teach English to ru­ral stu­dents early this year.

“You told us that your Chi­nese dream is to let all chil­dren, es­pe­cially girls, have ac­cess to good ed­u­ca­tion,” Volges told Peng in­Chi­nese at the Diaoyu­tai State Guest­house in Bei­jing onWed­nes­day.

“I was deeply in­flu­enced by your ‘Chi­nese dream’, so I came to China to teach English vol­un­tar­ily in Guilin,” said Volges, whose Chi­nese name is KongHao.

The 18-year-old high school grad­u­ate met a del­e­ga­tion of stu­dents and teach­ers from the Burg-Gym­na­sium (High School) in Essen, his alma mater. In March 2014, Peng vis­ited the school and at­tended a Chi­nese lan­guage class dur­ing Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s state visit to Ger­many.

Peng spoke highly of the Ger­man vol­un­teer’s con­tri­bu­tion toChina’s ru­ral ed­u­ca­tion.

“A year later, you will feel the seed of China-Ger­many friend­ship that you sowed in the stu­dents’ hearts will blos­som beau­ti­fully,” Peng told the vol­un­teer.

The Ger­man stu­dents are pay­ing an 11-day visit toChina on the in­vi­ta­tion of Han­ban, the Con­fu­cius In­sti­tuteHead­quar­ters. They have trav­eled to the Three Gorges Dam, Wuhan Univer­sity and the For­bid­den City.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, the

The seed of Chi­naGer­many friend­ship that you sowed in the stu­dents’ hearts will blos­som beau­ti­fully.”

stu­dents also per­formed tra­di­tional Chi­nese folk mu­sic, in­clud­ing a song orig­i­nat­ing from Peng’s home in Shan­dong prov­ince.

“You have per­formed the Can­zonet of Yi­meng Moun­tain re­ally pro­fes­sion­ally,” said Peng, who is a renowned singer of tra­di­tional Chi­nese folk mu­sic.

Say­ing that there are cur­rently 18 Con­fu­cius In­sti­tutes and three Con­fu­cius classes in Ger­many, Pen­gaddedthatChina-Ger­many peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes are boom­ing.

Maria Char­lotte Pe­tra Sch­nell-Klop­pel, pres­i­dent of the high school, said that the meet­ing with Peng was “un­for­get­table”, and will boost Ger­many-China friend­ship.

“As teach­ers, we hope to con­trib­ute to com­mu­ni­ca­tions be­tween young peo­ple in China andGer­many,” she said.

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