The Confucius Institute at the University of Namibia (UNAM) said despite the sidetrack by the COVID-19 outbreak, their work plan in Namibia is set to continue when the pandemic subsides.

“We will continue to follow our work plan and focus on Chinese language teaching and culture exchange when the outbreak settles,” the director of Confucius Institute at UNAM Zhang Fan said in an interview with Xinhua Thursday.

According to Zhang, the institute this year already opened a new teaching site at Otjomuise Primary School before the pandemic, and also recruited students at the Namibia University of Science and Technology.

“But because of the outbreak we have had to postpone other plans and wait for the situation to get better,” he said, adding that the institute is currently abiding by directives to curb the spread of the virus.

According to Zhang, some of the teachers offer online courses and some communicate with students via social media platforms like WhatsApp depending on specific arrangements with partner schools.

Meanwhile, Zhang said the institute will not organize any Chinese bridge competition for UNAM and secondary school students for now and will only do so when the situation allows.

According to Zhang around 600 students had enrolled this year, which signaled the popularity of the institute.

To date, 5,600 students in Namibia have enrolled with the institute since the establishment in 2013, Zhang concluded. Enditem

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