Educational Delegation paid visit to China
From 15 - 28 September, an educational delegation from Stellenbosch, South Africa paid a two-week visit to China, with the support of the Confucius Institute Headquarters(Hanban). The Chinese director of the Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University organised this trip.
The delegation first arrived in Beijing, the capital of China and visited the Confucius Institute Headquarters(Hanban). Jianhui Xia, Deputy Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, Xubo Shao, Deputy Director for Asia and Africa at the Confucius Institute and Teacher Sisi Yang gave the delegation a warm welcome. In the seminar, Deputy Director Xia illustrated the similarity between China and South Africa, in terms of cultural background and understanding of the relationship between human beings and nature. He also stressed that education is the essence of both the countries. Confucius Institutes, as the representation of education exchange, need to be developed, especially after the proposal of “One Belt, One Road”. Besides, the educational delegation also visited well-known cultural and historical resorts, such as the Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, the Great Wall, etc.
Delegation visiting First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine
Delegation at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine
After the trip in Beijing, the delegation travelled to the other historical city, Guangzhou. They visited Guangdong Science Center, Guangzhou Museum, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. During their visit, they also had a wonderful experience of Chinese culture, such as calligraphy, acupuncture, Eight Trigrams Boxing. All members in the delegation benefited a lot from these learning experiences and said they would bring it back to South Africa.
Delegation learning Eight Trigrams Boxing
Delegation practicing Chinese Calligraph
Delegation learning TaiChi
Delegation experiencing Acupunture
What’s more, educational exchanges were also held between the delegation and local major primary schools and high schools. They visited the Bureau of Education in Guangdong Province, Guangdong Zhaogqing Middle School, Guangzhou Huashi Fuzhong Panyu School, Primary School Attached to Guangzhou University, etc. The delegation exchanged their opinions and experience of education with local officers and teachers. Chief Director of Branch Institutional Development and Coordination of Western Cape, Meyer Alan expressed his impression on Chinese elementary education. He hopes to bridge communication between schools in Western Cape and Chinese schools.
Via this cultural and educational trip in China, all members in the delegation had a deeper understanding of Chinese culture and education. Profound communication and interaction were made between two countries. They all expressed their wish of visiting China a second time.