The Confusion Institute (CI) at the University of Liberia (UL) has said it will introduce Chinese language lessons and culture to primary and secondary school students in Liberia soon.
CI co-Director Dr. Huang Baiqing made the disclosure recently when Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue visited the institute at the UL campus.
The CI was established at the UL about six years ago by the Government of the People’s Republic of China. Since then, the institute has been training Liberian students in Chinese Language and Culture as part of the curriculum for students pursuing tertiary education.
This program has led to many Liberian students visiting China and participating in cultural festivals, while fluently speaking and writing the language as well.
CI authorities believe that young Liberian students at primary and secondary school levels have the ability to comprehend and speak the Chinese language and for this reason, the institute is preparing to involve the younger students.
Although Dr. Huang is yet to release the academic calendar for the new program, Ambassador Zhang has welcomed the idea to make Chinese Language and Culture more accessible to Liberians.
On previous occasions, Ambassador Zhang has promised to support the idea because it would afford many Liberians the opportunity to speak fluent Chinese.
Amb. Zhang believes that the system would not only break the language barrier, but it would also help to simplify the similarities and differences of the two countries’ (China and Liberia) cultures, adding, “Nationals will appreciate one another despite diversity in race.”
During the visit, Amb. Zhang toured classrooms and staff offices and also looked through the curriculum. He expressed appreciation for the level of progress made in teaching Chinese Language and Culture at the University of Liberia (UL), and pledged to promote the Chinese Department at the UL.
Amb. Zhang was accompanied by the Director of CI, Zhang Lei; the Secretary, Sun Hao; UL Vice President for Student Affairs, Rev. Dr. Julius S. Nelson; Co-Director of CI, Dr. Huang Baiqing; Chinese Language Instructor Ming Hao; and others.