Namibian learners to showcase Chinese talent in China

Studying Chinese language is opening new opportunities for Namibian youth seeking to enhance their skills of Mandarin and knowledge of Chinese culture.

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Hanna Hipangelwa, aged 17 started learning the Chinese language in 2016. According to her, opportunities have been enormous. “This year alone, this is my second opportunity to fly to China through the Confucius Institute,” said Hipangelwa.

During her first visit to China earlier this year, she attended a summer camp. “This time I will be taking part in the semi-finals for the Chinese-Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition,” she shared with excitement.

Hipangelwa has been accorded the opportunity to showcase her talent in Chinese language, and will participate in the semi-finals for the Chinese-Bridge Proficiency Competition for foreign secondary school students in China this month.

A learner from Immanuel Shifidi Secondary School in the capital Windhoek, where the Chinese language is taught, Hipangelwa was among students selected to compete internationally, after she emerged as top performer in Namibia’s first Chinese-Bridge Chinese Proficiency for Secondary School Learners in Namibia on September 16, hosted by the University of Namibia Confucius Institute.

Zhang Sufang, Chinese director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Namibia said that the four Namibian learners were chosen from three secondary schools, namely Ella du Plessis, A. Shipena and Immanuel Shifidi in Windhoek.

“Two of the learners will travel to China to go observe and watch the competition, while the other two learners will participate in the competition,” she explained.

Hipangelwa who will participate in the competition said that she is ecstatic over the opportunity. “I have been learning Chinese language for a year now. I look forward to showcasing my talents at an international platform such as this,” she said.

“I look forward to being victorious. With the Chinese language, there is a new world to discover,” Hipangelwa said.

According to organizers in China, around 450 secondary school students and teachers from 89 countries will come to China to participate in the Chinese language proficiency competition scheduled for Oct. 18-29, with the stage to be set in the city of Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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