Uganda holds online "Chinese Bridge" competition for college, secondary students

Updated: July 6, 2021 Source:
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The Confucius Institute at Uganda's prestigious Makerere University on Monday held the "Chinese Bridge" competition, the second to be held virtually with COVID-19 restrictions in place.

The competition was to test the Chinese proficiency for college and secondary school students.

The competition was won by Kaziro Grace Mukisa in the college category and Aturinda David won in the secondary category.

The competition had speeches, on stage questions and answers, and traditional Chinese talent performances.

Zhang Lizhong, Chinese ambassador to Uganda told the participants that young people play an important role in building a community of a shared future for mankind.

Zhang said in building this community, language learning and culture are critical in promoting people to people relations.

"To build a community with a shared future for mankind and push forward the China-Uganda Comprehensive Cooperative Partnership, languages play a unique role in sharing our mutual stories, enhancing understanding, building consensus, promoting cooperation and deepening friendship," he said.

Josephine Ahikire, principal of college of humanities and social science at Makerere University, hailed China for the continued support to the university and the Confucius Institute.

Ahikire said China continues to offer scholarships to needy students at the university.

She said China has offered an alternative development model to the world in comparison to the Western model.

Gilbert Gumoshabe, the director of the institute, said this year's competition, just like last year, comes with challenges of restricted physical interaction.

Gumoshabe said despite the challenges, the teachers have persevered to teach students using the online platform.

Editor: 王予