Hundreds of Chinese nationals living in Kenya on Friday converged in Nairobi to observe this year’s International Children’s Day amid thrilling performances by youngsters.
The Chinese nationals assembled at the Nairobi-based China-Kenya Culture Education Center to celebrate the day that was proclaimed in 1925 to honor and promote the welfare of the world’s children.
“This is the first time for us to organize the occasion to mark the day, and from now henceforth, we intend to make it an annual event,” Liu Yun, the director of the center told Xinhua.
The facility, which is one year old, teaches children of Chinese nationals music, art and culture, but is also open to children of other nationalities who would like to learn Chinese language and culture.
“Unlike before when the Chinese expatriates would leave their kin back home, nowadays they prefer to have their young families around them hence the reason we established a center where the kids can learn Chinese ethos in order to avoid culture shock when their parents’ tour of duty ends,” Liu remarked.
She said the occasion will also solidify the mutual ties and warm friendship that the two nations have enjoyed in recent times.
The center also gave a donation of foodstuffs and other necessities to Tania Center, which caters for orphans and other disadvantaged children.
“We are glad to celebrate this day with the Chinese people because they have been part of us. It is important for the children of the two nations to stay together because of the excellent relations that exist between the two states,” Jonathan Kiogora, the Program Manager at Tania Center stated.
Wang Ruiying, a Chinese mother who attended the occasion with her young daughter, said it was significant to mark the day with the children because everywhere in the world, they are the hope of a family, adding that the day is very important in China. Enditem