Chinese language competition in Ethiopia to celebrate cultural interchanges

Addis Ababa (Xinhua), June 5 – The Chinese Proficiency Competition “Chinese Bridge”, which was organized for Ethiopian college student, took place in Addis ABABA on Wednesday.

The Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia jointly hosted the competition, along with the Confucius Institute of Addis Ababa University and the Confucius Institute of the FDRE Technical and Vocational Training Institute.

The 2024 edition of Ethiopia’s final Chinese proficiency contest required participants to give a speech, respond to two questions about Chinese culture and perform a talent display in front of Ethiopian officials, members of the Chinese diplomatic community, as well as academics and other Chinese language students from the Confucius Institutes across the country.

The annual TVTI worldwide Chinese-speaking event and performance brought together 11 Ethiopian students.

Alemu Seyoum is a Confucius Institute student at the AAU. He won the first prize for his lively speech and energetic traditional Chinese music performance.

“In order to prepare for the final competition we had to go through a rigorous selection process with our classmates. I am happy to have been the winner of this competition. To be named the national winner is an excellent achievement for me and gives me more motivation to excel in my Chinese studies,” Seyoum stated.

Kora Tushune, Ethiopia’s Minister of State for Education, spoke at the awards ceremony to recognize the winners of the competition this year. She stressed the importance of cultural and language exchanges in strengthening Sino-Ethiopian relations.

Tushune stated that the establishment of the Confucius Institute in the AAU, as well as the opening of similar centres in other higher education institutions across the country, has created social and culture bridges and promoted public diplomacy and global understanding, while also promoting people-to-people relations.

Shen Qinmin is the charge d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia. He called on contestants and other Chinese-language students to be the bridges that connect the two peoples.

Shen stated, “I am so proud to be present and see the fruits from the exchanges between the two countries in terms of culture, education, and language.” The charge d’affaires said to the contestants, “After a tough competition, you stand out as proud participants.”

Students from Ethiopian Chinese languages also performed classical Chinese poetry, Chinese traditional songs and cultural performances.

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