By Okoodi Deo
Ntare School has signed a contract with Confucius Institute at Makerere University to start teaching Chinese language and culture in senior one and two classes.
According to Prof Oswald Ndoleriire the director of Confucius Institute at Makerere University the agreement will enable the two Institutions to work together to collaborate on how the teaching of Chinese program can be implemented.
Xia Zhuoqiong the director of Confucius Institute in Uganda said that their mission is not only focused at teaching Chinese language but they are here to know more about the Ugandan culture and history associated to Uganda as a nation.
Zhuoqiong further said that the teaching of Chinese language will open opportunities to Ugandans to also know more about China besides easing communication to promote mutual understanding between the two different communities who have strong business ties.
Ntare School headmaster Turyagyenda Jimmy said that Chinas foreign policy is becoming more outward looking and that her economy is apparently good and favorable because it is a centre of trade and above all has a population of over 1.1 billion people the highest population in the world who speaks Chinese.
He said this was the reason that compelled him to apply to Confucius Institute to start teaching students Chinese language which is turning to be an important key in the African continent.
He said they have started with senior one and two classes and they will roll it out to senior three students as well with a view of making them sit for the language at the end of senior four.
He assured parents that learning of Chinese language is optional and that it wont make students lag behind in academic since they are only teaching two double lessons a week.
Turyagyenda further said that the school has made arrangements of training their own teachers in Chinese language so as to ensure continuity of the program.
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