Africans seek qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion in China

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - PAGE TWO -

The in­creas­ing num­ber of African stu­dents seek­ing to fur­ther their ed­u­ca­tion in China is a clear sign of the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion pro­vided in the coun­try, a se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial said on Wed­nes­day. Chi­nese Am­bas­sador to Zam­bia Yang Youm­ing said China was grate­ful for the appreciation ex­pressed for the coun­try’s ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem by African coun­tries and has promised that China will con­tinue pro­vid­ing high qual­ity.

“The in­creas­ing num­ber of stu­dents from Africa is a good in­di­ca­tor of the appreciation the peo­ple of Africa have for the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion in China, and that is why they have de­cided to send their chil­dren,” Yang told re­porters dur­ing a news brief­ing at which he un­veiled an appreciation let­ter from 11 of the 26 Zam­bian stu­dents who went to China last year to study singing and dance un­der a pro­gram ar­ranged by China’s first lady, Peng Liyuan, and her Zam­bian coun­ter­part Es­ther Lungu.

Yang also un­veiled an­other let­ter in which the Chi­nese first lady re­sponded to the let­ter writ­ten by the stu­dents.

He said China has now be­come a prime des­ti­na­tion not only for Zam­bian youth who want to study over­seas but for Africa as a whole, and that China is sec­ond only to France in at­tract­ing stu­dents from Africa.

He said the pro­mo­tion of peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes is im­por­tant as it af­fords a way to learn about the cul­tures of other coun­tries. Chi­nese uni­ver­si­ties ex­pect to see in­creas­ing num­bers of stu­dents from Africa seek­ing to study, he added.

Ac­cord­ing to Yang, coun­tries should de­velop their ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems and peo­ple to achieve mean­ing­ful de­vel­op­ment.

Reuben Sakala, one of the stu­dents who stud­ied singing and dance at Nan­jing Uni­ver­sity of the Arts and Nan­jing Nor­mal Uni­ver­sity, said Zam­bia has a lot to learn from China’s progress over the past 50 years.

He said Chi­nese peo­ple were com­mit­ted and ded­i­cated to their work and to their cul­ture, which has re­sulted in rapid de­vel­op­ment.

In her re­sponse let­ter to the Zam­bian stu­dents, Peng said the friend­ship of the two coun­tries de­pends upon young peo­ple car­ry­ing it for­ward.

She said the youth are the fu­ture and hope of any na­tion, and urged them to con­tinue study­ing hard in or­der to make great con­tri­bu­tions to Zam­bia’s de­vel­op­ment.

The co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries in re­cent years has borne rich fruit, with cur­rently over 3,500 Zam­bian stu­dents study­ing in China un­der var­i­ous schol­ar­ships. The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment has pro­vided about 800 gov­ern­ment-spon­sored schol­ar­ships to Zam­bia.

REN PENGFEI / XIN­HUA

A Kenyan stu­dent from Bei­jing Lan­guage and Cul­ture Uni­ver­sity teaches a Chi­nese stu­dent how to play a Kenyan drum in Bei­jing in June.

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