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Building Friendship with Childlike Innocence
23/11/2022
 

Building Friendship with Childlike Innocence

Confucius Institute in Barbados Successfully holds Virtual Pen Pal Meeting Between Chinese and Barbadian Students

 
On the 16th of November 2022, The Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School in Barbados and The Lushan International Experimental Primary School in China, participated in a joint online activity to promote language and cultural exchange between the two countries and schools.
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Figure 1.  Students from Lushan International Experimental Primary School take virtual commemorative photo with Students from Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School
(Photo By: Lushan International Experimental Primary School)
 
This event was facilitated by The Confucius Institute (CI) at The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus and hosted by Ms. Alexandria Payne (full-time language teacher at CI) and Ms. (Gema) Fang Qingming (overseas volunteer teacher at CI). The event also marked the 3rd exchange event following the signing of The Memorandum of Cooperation by the two schools mentioned above. These online cultural exchanges aim to connect Barbadian students with their Chinese counterparts, as well as to build friendships, enhance cultural understanding and encourage mutual interest in the study of language. The number of students included 5 children from Charles F. Broome, supported by the hosts, and 10 children from Lushan Primary led by Principal Huang Bin and project leader Ms. Xie Tian. Also in attendance were Principal of The Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School, Ms. Paula Toppin, other teachers from the school Ms.Moe and Ms.Mayers, Co-Directors of CI, Dr. Li Renyan and Mr. David Bulbulia and Senior Teacher at CI, Wei Zenuan.
 
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Figure 2. Photo of the 5 students from Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School
(Photo by: The Confucius Institute UWI Cave Hill)
 
The online meeting kicked off with introductions where the Barbadian and Chinese students each introduced themselves making sure to include their names and ages, likes and dislikes, sports, games and other hobbies. The excited students expressed pleasure at having met each other and eagerly look forward to the next online activity. With a distance of 15000km and a 12hour time difference in effect, the virtual environment makes this fresh, stimulating approach to student exchange, possible. This event once again sowed the seeds of friendship in the hearts of the children of these two nations, and we look forward to the continuation of this joyous journey.
 
Editor (English Version): Alexandria Payne (Confucius Institute Full-Time Teacher)
Editor (Chinese Version): Gema Fang (Confucius Institute Overseas Volunteer Teacher)
 
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巴巴多斯孔院成功举办中巴儿童线上交流活动
 
为促进中国和巴巴多斯两国间青少年儿童的文化交流,当地时间11月16日上午,巴巴多斯查尔斯布鲁姆纪念小学(Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School)与长沙麓山国际实验小学进行了一次别开生面的线上交流活动。
此次交流活动由西印度大学凯夫希尔分校孔子学院本土教师爱乐、志愿者教师房庆敏主持,这是继2021年“姐妹学校”签署合作备忘录后的第三次交流活动。本次活动旨在让中巴两国的青少年儿童通过线上交流,进一步增强了解,增进友谊,互相激发学习语言的兴趣。本次活动共有5名巴方儿童参与。麓山国际实验小学校长黄斌、项目负责人谢甜老师带领10名中国学生通过Zoom连线进行了视频交流活动。
 
巴方学生和中方学生分别用中文和英语一一做了自我介绍,并分享了各自喜欢的运动、电影、动画等相关话题,并表示欢迎彼此来当地游玩。活动结束后,两地的小朋友们都表示希望很快进行下一次交流活动。
此次活动机会难得,跨越接近一万五千公里的距离和十二个小时的时差,活动形式新鲜,有趣,30分钟的交流结束后巴方小朋友感到意犹未尽。这次活动在两国孩子心中再次播下友谊的种子,期待他们继续开启欢乐之旅。
查尔斯布鲁姆纪念小学校长宝拉·托平(Paula Toppin)女士、教师莫伊(Moe)、孔子学院中方院长李仁燕博士、公派教师魏泽暖到现场观摩活动、外方院长大卫·布布利亚(David Bulbulia)在线参加了此次活动。
 
作者(中文版):巴巴多斯孔院志愿者教师 房庆敏
作者(英文版):巴巴多斯孔院专职教师 爱乐