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Confucius Institute at the University of Cape Town holds a Chinese Song Singing Competition

19 Oct 2016 - 10:15

On October 15th, 2016, the first Chinese Song Singing Competition, hosted by Confucius Institute at the University of Cape Town (CI-UCT), was held at the Music hall of Groote Schuur High School. More than 60 students from UCT and the partner-schools of CI participated in this competition. They were divided into a university section, high school section and primary school section. The principals and friends and families of the competitors also came to cheer for them.

The competition started with an interesting video introducing Chinese Culture. Prof Shengyong Qin, the Chinese Director of CI-UCT, made some opening remarks: "CI is committed to actively raising the quality of all-around education for every child. We want all children, regardless of race, creed or circumstance to achieve their full potential. Our task is to make it possible. Our mission is to provide practical, step by step assistance. This year our theme for school outreach is to boost Chinese learning through cultural activities. It's a goal I know we all share - the full development of every child." The Confucius Institutes have made great progress in Chinese teaching and cultural promotion in South Africa in 2016. Up to now, the number of partner schools of CI-UCT in Cape Town has reached 14, and the number of students learning Chinese is also increasing.

During the competition, all the competitors were full of confidence and enthusiasm. They sang (in Chinese) the classic Chinese songs such as “Jasmine Flower”, “Olive Trees” and “The Moon Represents My Heart”. After a multitude of wonderful performances, Cara from UCT, Aaron George from Claremont High School, as well as students from Bramble Way Primary School, won the first prize in their respective three Sections. In particular, “Snails and Yellow Bird ”, the performance by the first prize winners from Bramble Way Primary School, left a deep impression on our judges. The children, with props on their heads prepared by their teacher, won a particularly warm applause from the audience by their incredible singing and dancing. 

The three competitors from UCT receiving their prizes.

This event is not only a review of the results of Chinese teaching, but also an opportunity for the students to show their talents, and a promotion of Chinese culture. In addition, Mr. Lv Gang, Deputy Director of China Association of Unification Promotion, and CI volunteer teachers He Lingling and Wu Huaying gave a number of performances to create and build the atmosphere of the event.