A group of 40 Pakistani teachers left on Sunday for home after attending a 15-day Chinese language training programme at the Institute of Cultural Studies, Capital Normal University.
The training programme was organised and sponsored by Chinese Embassy in Islamabad in collaboration with Beijing Municipal Commission of Education and Beijing International Education Exchange Centre. The teachers, including 26 females and 14 males selected from different institutes across the country including Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, were imparted training on preliminary Chinese language, teaching techniques and music under the 2017 International Chinese Language Teachers’ Training Programme.
The visits of Great Wall and Summer Palace and Forbidden City were arranged for the group to aware them about Chinese history and culture. Speaking at the closing ceremony, Training Programme Head Pang Chunli said the workshop was arranged for enhancing understanding between people of China and Pakistan.
He said the teachers had a good experience of Chinese culture during the training and they would cherish unforgettable memories. He expressed the confidence that these teachers will make greater contributions to further promote all-weather China-Pakistan friendship in future.
On behalf of female teachers, Ms Nusrat Arshad thanked the organisers, especially the spouse of Chinese Ambassador in Pakistan, Sun Weidong for arranging this important visit. She said the training would benefit not only the teachers but they will be able to teach in a better way in future.
Faheem Arshad, on behalf of male teachers, also shared his experiences and thanked the organisers for being looked after well. He said the group was delighted to see historical places and impressed with Chinese hospitality. Faheem Arshad was impressed with the rapid development of China and was delighted to meet Chinese friends and experience Chinese cuisines.
Later, all the participants were awarded certificates by Pang Chunli. It is the third batch of Pakistani teachers visiting China for language training since 2015. So far, at least 120 Pakistani teachers have got training under the programme.
Since the start of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the people especially youngsters across the country, have been more eager to learn the Chinese language than ever before. Currently, four Confucius Institutes are working in different areas of Pakistan to impart Chinese language to students.