All set for UZ Con­fu­cius 10th an­niver­sary

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - BRIDGE - Em­manuel Kafe Bridge Re­porter

AS THE Gov­ern­ment of Zim­babwe con­tin­ues to ce­ment its bi­lat­eral re­la­tions with the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China, which dates back to this coun­try’s lib­er­a­tion strug­gle, there is a dire need to un­der­stand the Chi­nese lan­guage and cul­ture in gen­eral and also the need for the Chi­nese peo­ple to un­der­stand this coun­try’s cul­ture.

This year marks a decade since the es­tab­lish­ment of the Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute at the Univer­sity of Zim­babwe, (CIUZ), an in­sti­tu­tion that has been the an­chor for the ex­change of lan­guage and cul­ture be­tween the two coun­tries.

As part of their 10th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, the CIUZ has lined up a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties.

Dr Her­bert Mushangwe, di­rec­tor of the event, said there will be a one-day sym­po­sium to be held at the Univer­sity of Zim­babwe on Oc­to­ber 12 un­der the theme, “One Belt One Road”.

“Ex­pected are pre­sen­ters from the Ren­min Univer­sity of China and cap­tains of in­dus­try from Zim­babwe,” he said.

The sym­po­sium is open to the pub­lic. He added that on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 13, the cel­e­bra­tions will be capped by an An­niver­sary Fes­ti­val to be held in the Great Hall at the Univer­sity of Zim­babwe where thou­sands of peo­ple are ex­pected to at­tend.

There will be an ex­hi­bi­tion show­cas­ing the CIUZ’s 10-year jour­ney as well as the dif­fer­ent Chi­nese cul­ture ar­ti­facts.

The or­gan­is­ers of the cel­e­bra­tions said there will be top-notch en­ter­tain­ment by var­i­ous cul­tural groups, schools and the CIUZ choir.

“The pub­lic is in­vited to have a Chi­nese ex­pe­ri­ence on this day,” said Dr Mushangwe.

The CIUZ en­cour­ages and pro­motes so­cial har­mony through invit­ing var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions, de­part­ments and in­di­vid­u­als from dif­fer­ent races, dif­fer­ent eth­nic groups and dif­fer­ent so­cial back­grounds to par­tic­i­pate in the Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute cel­e­bra­tions which are nor­mally held in Oc­to­ber ev­ery year.

“As a way of com­ple­ment­ing the Gov­ern­ment ef­forts in in­tro­duc­ing for­eign lan­guages in schools, two of the lo­cal teach­ers from the CIUZ par­tic­i­pated in the 2016 na­tion­wide pri­mary and sec­ondary schools, the im­ple­men­ta­tions of which is now at an ad­vanced stage,” said Dr Mushangwe.

Through its out­reach pro­grammes, the CIUZ has suc­cess­fully or­gan­ised train­ing for Gov­ern­ment and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­sti­tu­tions that in­ter­act with Chi­nese on daily ba­sis.

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Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute of UZ Choir prac­tis­ing for their 10th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions

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