Young Chinese come to Kenya as volunteer teachers
09 September 2015, 20:39
Nairobi - Zhang Miao, a 24-year-old
Chinese girl has always dreamt of coming to the continent of Africa.
Her opportunity came when she stumbled upon an advertisement
in her university in north China, Tian Jin Normal University, recruiting
volunteer teachers in Africa.
The girl, who had just completed her bachelor's degree in
comparative literature, arrived in Kenya early this week for a one year term as
a Chinese language teacher.
She will be teaching at the University of Nairobi's
Confucius Institute alongside six other volunteers.
"My time in Kenya will be an adventure and I will help
impart Chinese culture to the students," Zhang told Xinhua in an interview
But it is not the first time the Chinese girl interacts with
Kenyans as she got acquainted with Kenyan students in her university in China.
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Her arrival in Kenya came a few days before China
commemorates Teachers Day on Sept. 10.
"I will observe the Teacher's Day by helping to spread
Chinese culture in Kenya," she said.
Zhang said that after she completes her time in Kenya, she
hopes to enroll for a masters course in literature, and probably in African
"I am considering focusing on African Literature given
that there is very limited knowledge of African written culture in China,"
Li Ruxue is another Chinese volunteer teaching at the
University of Nairobi's Confucius Institute.
Having worked for the past six months, Li said she had
acknowledged the role teachers can play in enhancing people-to-people cultural
"We have a chance to interact with ordinary Kenyans and
so as to help increase the understanding between the Kenyan and Chinese
cultures," she said.
Li said there are a lot of similarities between African and
"We just need to increase the exchanges for the mutual
benefits of the two peoples," she said.
"I love Chinese culture and I want more people to know
and understand the rich Chinese culture," she told Xinhua.
Li Yao is the two girls' co-worker. He graduated from Wuyi
University in south China where he majored in English.
"Teaching Chinese in Kenya has also given me an
opportunity to practice English and learn Kiswahili," Li said.
He noted that there is a lot of interest in Chinese language
among Kenyan students due to the growing China-Kenya trade.