Reported/ Liang Guishan
On 10: 00a.m, 27 February, the opening ceremony of the Orientation of Chinese Volunteer Teachers to Asian and African Countries in first half Year of 2017 was held by Mao Tongwen, Director of the Southern Base of Confucius Institute Headquarter, Xiamen University (XMU) at Dewang Library Lecture Hall on Xiang’an campus of Xiamen University. Teaching and administrative staff and 132 volunteer Chinese teachers participated in the ceremony. Zhan Xinli, Vice President of XMU, Fan li, Secretary of CPC Branch and Geng Hu, Deputy Director of the Southern Base of Confucius Institute Headquarter,XMU made their respective speeches. Liu Yubin, a volunteer student representative spoke for all the participants in this program.
The ceremony started with the documentary of the 95th anniversary of Xiamen University. Vice president Zhan Xinli gave a detailed introduction to the achievements made by Xiamen University since its founding, as well as a series of achievements in international promotion of Chinese language. She gave a very high praise for the trainees who came from 28 universities and no one was late or absent for this ceremony. On behalf of Xiamen University, she expressed her sincere welcome to all the participants. She also expected them not only to enjoy the external beauty of Xiamen University, but also to appreciate the inner value of it. At the same time, she hoped that all the trainees would cherish this opportunity to learn, to enrich and to sacrifice, that they can spread the long and meaningful history of Chinese culture to every corner of the world with the four spirit of Xiamen University, which was “Patriotism, Rrevolution, Self-improvement and Scientific Spirit”. In addition, she gave her own understanding on ideals of beliefs and spirit of Chinese volunteer, and she hoped all of trainees to cultivate their patriotic enthusiasm and dedication in order to become a qualified culture messenger between China and other countries.
Subsequently, Fan Li, Secretary of CPC Branch of the Southern Base of Confucius Institute Headquarter, XMU expressed her warm welcome and heartfelt wishes to the trainees present. Fan Li stressed that the trainees should mind their motherland, firm up ideals and believes, and conduct an in-depth study of the series speeches given by Xi Jinping, General Secretary of CPC. To follow the going-out strategy of Chinese culture, volunteer teachers are supposed to be learned and reflective with steadfast cultural self-confidence, and draw strength from the profound Chinese culture through giving full play to their mobility and initiative. They ought to make some achievements, living up to the expectations. She pointed out that during the training period, each class should set up a temporary party branch, in the hope that the 41 party members present can obey the principles of the political life and play an exemplary role to conduct the “studies on the theoretical and practical issues of party building”, while staying true to the mission.
Geng Hu, Deputy Director of the Southern Base of Confucius Institute Headquarter, XMU made a detailed arrangements for the training. First of all, he asked the 132 trainees to read the manual carefully, master Self-regulated learning under the new environment and the new challenge. Then, he made descriptions in detail on the teaching arrangements, training objectives, training methods, training courses and class hours and assessment, etc. so that the trainees could have a more profound understanding to the training. He hoped everyone could strengthen solidarity and coordination in the future, become a teacher as soon as possible; observe discipline, obey the arrangement, not be late for school; cherish time and have an independent growth. Deputy Director Geng Hu’s humorous and sparkling discourse let the trainees relax the tension under the laughter.
At last, Liu Yubin, a volunteer from Northwest Normal University，delivered a speech on behalf of all the trainees. She said that she was proud of being admitted in this training program and was honored as a representative of the trainees. On behalf of all the trainees, she thanked Confucius Institute headquarters / Hanban and XMU for giving them such a precious opportunity of training. Later, she shared a story of her becoming attached to Chinese teaching and showed her determination to work hard to be an excellent volunteer Chinese teacher. She also mentioned that Chinese had a profound influence in the international community, hoping that all the trainees could improve themselves and realize their wishes in this training program. May they set sail today and come back with fruitful results tomorrow.
The whole year's work depends on a good start in spring. Today is just the 2nd day of the 2nd lunar month. As the Chinese folk goes, dragon will raise its head today, which means Spring returns to the good earth and everything rouses up from sleeping on this special day. On the other hand, this also indicates that vigorous volunteer Chinese teachers from all over the country has arrived at Xiamen University to begin their training. These 132 trainees are specialized in various majors, including Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, International Chinese Language Education, Physics, Biology, etc. They need to finish the following 6-week training. After passing the final examination, they will be dispatched to different countries, such as Thailand, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mongolia, and India. Best wishes to all of trainees, hoping that they could achieve a lot from this training, live up to expectations, and contribute to the development of International Chinese Promotion career.