BEIJING, July 24 (INP): A group of 40 male and female teachers arrived here on Monday’s morning on a two-week study tour to have first-hand knowledge about the Chinese cultural and social life as well as to acquaint themselves with some basics of Chinese language.
It was the third consecutive year that Pakistani teachers were being provided an opportunity to have an understanding about the Chinese cultural and social life. The visit was sponsored by the Chinese embassy Islamabad in collaboration with Beijing Municipal Education Commission and Beijing International Education Exchange department.
The visit aimed at developing communication linkages at the people-to-people level and to provide linguistic support to CPEC. This time the teachers were selected from far-flung regions, mainly KPK and Baluchistan.
Earlier, a send-off ceremony was held at the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad. While addressing the ceremony, Deputy Chief of Mission Zhao Lijian hoped that the visiting teachers would be a source of inspiration for continuation of their deep-rooted friendly relations from generation to generation.
He noted that there has been more and more demand of Pakistani students for learning Chinese language with the progress of CPEC. The demand for the Chinese language teachers also goes up, and the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan has been promoting Chinese language teachers’ training and encouraging not only short-term training but also degree study in China.
Chinese is one of the six official languages in United Nations. Today there are nearly 1.5 billion people in the world who speak Chinese as their mother tongue. More and more people around the world are learning Chinese with personal interests and for better job opportunities. By the end of 2016, 511 Confucius Institutes have been established in 140 countries. Nearly 70 countries have included Chinese in their national education systems.
There are four Confucius Institutes and One Language and Culture Center in Pakistan. Similarly, Urdu language is also being taught in about seven Universities of China, he added.
About the growing Sino-Pak frinedship, Zhao Lijian said in 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a historic state visit to Pakistan. His visit ushered China-Pakistan relations into a new stage of grand and vigorous development. Both leaders agreed to uplift the bilateral relations to all-weather strategic cooperation partnership, which is unique in China’s foreign relations. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor namely CPEC has been progressing comprehensively and entered into the stage of early harvest. It has become the flagship project of Belt and Road Initiative, and a new symbol of our deeply-rooted friendship.
Standing at this historic juncture, it is the common responsibility of the people of two countries to pass on our friendship and bring more substance to our all-weather strategic cooperation. In doing so, we need the involvement of people of all walks. We need more and more people to work as envoys for the betterment of understanding and friendship among our two peoples, he added.
The Executive Director HEC thanked the Chinese side for its support to Pakistan in the field of education. This. he said will strengthen understanding and cooperation at the people to people-level.
Representatives of the visiting teachers also addressed the ceremony and expressed heartfelt thanks to Chinese Embassy for her sincere desire to work in collaboration with Pakistan to promote quality education in the both countries by introducing Chinese language at a vast level.