Egypt launches pilot program to teach Chinese in middle schools

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CAIRO — A ceremony was held recently at the Confucius Institute of Cairo University to launch a pilot program for teaching Chinese in Egyptian colleges and a training program for Egyptian teachers.

Zhang Tao, charge d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Egypt, said in a video message that 12 Egyptian public colleges will be included in the pilot program, which will mark a new starting point for Chinese language training in colleges. Egyptians.

In September 2020, China and Egypt signed a memorandum of understanding to teach Chinese as an optional second foreign language in Egyptian primary and secondary schools, according to Zhang.

China and Egypt have made great progress in inter-school cooperation, vocational education, joint talent training and scientific research cooperation, he added.

Mohamed Megahed, Egypt’s deputy minister of education and technical education, said Egypt and China have strengthened cooperation in the field of education in recent years.

The pilot program was launched a year earlier than planned, he said, adding that he hopes the program will help more Egyptians learn more about China.

The teacher training program will last 10 days and will offer courses in teaching methods, language learning and the use of textbooks and electronic applications. A total of 12 teachers will serve as Chinese instructors after the training.

Xinhua

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