(Xinhua) -- Confucius Institute Day was celebrated with
enthusiasm and joy in Namibian capital Windhoek on Friday.
The event, hosted by the Confucius
Institute of the University of Namibia at Immanuel Shifidi Secondary
School. The day’s activities exposed learners to the Chinese
culture, including cuisine, language and literature, according to
Zhang Sufang, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University
“Through this platform, I can
experience Chinese culture in its diversity, which enhances my
understanding of the Chinese culture,” said 17-year-old Hanna
Hipangelwa, a grade 11 student at Immanuel Shifidi Secondary
School. She tested her skills in writing Chinese characters
Hipangelwa said exposure to Chinese
cuisine and other aspects of culture helps her master the language.
The Confucius Institute at the
University of Namibia has trained an accumulative number of 767
students since its establishment in August 2013, according to Zhang.
The Chinese institute teaching sites
have also been expanded and courses are offered on three other
satellite campuses of the University.
There are vast opportunities for
Namibian students and scholars to steep themselves in the Chinese
culture, said Zhang, citing scholarships, summer camps, Chinese
“I will keep perfecting my Chinese
language skills, to integrate more with the Chinese people in
Namibia and beyond. It gives me a competitive edge,” Hipangelwa