Chinese ambassador presents prizes to outstanding students from Confucius Institute

The I edition of the Prize of the People’s Republic of China Ambassador, Chen Guoyou, to students from the UNGE Confucius Institute, took place at the headquarters of the embassy on the night of Thursday 8th November, in the presence of the Minister for Education, University teaching and Sports, JesA�s Engonga Ndong.

Mateo Ndong Ondo was the winner of the first prize, valued at 500,000 Franco CFA plus the trophy, and in addition, 29 other students from the Confucius Institute received prizes valued at between 100,000 and 200,000 Franco CFA plus trophies.

Furthermore, the ambassador Chen Guoyou, reaffirmed in his words that the Confucius Institute was a cultural bridge between the people’s Republic of China and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. he also welcomed the presence of the Minister for Education, University Teaching and Sports, JesA�s Engonga Ndong.

Chen Guoyou also highlighted the importance of education, recalling that the Government of Equatorial Guinea values the training of human resources, and pointed out the words of the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, “better a cultured country than a rich country”.

Currently, Equatorial Guinea is the country with the highest levels of literacy in Africa”, affirmed the ambassador.

The Chinese ambassador recognised the success achieved by the Confucius Institute of the UNGE since its creation, and interests of the population in the learning of Chinese that has increased the number of its students.

The minister JesA�s Engonga Ndong stressed that China had always supported Equatorial Guinea in terms of cooperation, since it achieved independence, and since 1979 it began to note the presence of China in Equatorial Guinea, through intense cooperation that not only developed in the education sector but also in other sectors.

Without education no country can develop, and the presence of the Confucius Institute at the UNGE has brought the peoples together, as culture is stronger than international relations. We believe it is the moment to produce cultural dialogue between the two countries”, said Engonga Ndong, in his speech.

The minister concluded by congratulating the winners of the prizes, and encouraged the ideas of the ambassador Chen Guoyou.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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