Chinese language to be taught in Malawian Schools


As one way of improving the education system, Malawi has signed an agreement with China on the construction of a Language Centre which will see various educational institutions incorporating the teaching of Chinese culture and language.

The agreement was signed on Wednesday in Lilongwe and making the remarks was the general secretary for education, Chikondano Mussa.

Mussa admitted that accommodating Chinese culture and language will help in improving Malawi’s educational system.

She added that the government has already put in place a policy for the education system to let Malawians to he exposed to the Chinese language and culture.

According to Mussa, the agreement will push on adding value to trade and education between China and Malawi.

“There was an establishment of diplomatic relations between Malawi and China in 2009 hence the coming of this Agreement. It is very important to have a well-established central office for easy coordination of the CI-UNIMA activities,” said Mussa.

Counsellor for Chinese Embassy, Zhang Chunfa, said since the establishment of the diplomatic relation with Malawi, the two countries have made a lot of cooperations in the field of education.

In 2013, China pledged to support the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) to improve teaching and research by using Chinese language and instruments.

Currently, Mkwichi Primary and Secondary Schools,
Lilongwe Academy, Immigration office, Sir Harry Johnstone International School, Malawi Institute of Tourism, St Andrews High School, Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences, Mzuzu International Academy, Malawi Institute of Management, Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, University of Malawi, Malawi University of Science and Technology and Mzuzu University are institutions where the Chinese Language is being taught.

The development will see the Chinese government constructing the Confucius Institute – at the University of Malawi, (UNIMA).

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