Confucius Institute expands Chinese language, culture through radio


June 13, 2018

By Alusine Sesay

Director Zeng Yun in program production

As a way of expanding Chinese language and culture in Sierra Leone, the Confucius Institute at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, has initiated the Chinese Weekly media show aired on Radio Mount Aureole FM 107.3.

Lecturer at the institute and director of the media show, Zeng Yun, yesterday told Concord Times in an exclusive interview that the show, which started in 2016, is a one hour program aired twice per week-Wednesday 1:00-2:00 PM and 6:00-7:00 PM.

He said the radio show is a supplement of physical classroom education aimed at strengthening people-to-people bond between Sierra Leone and China by telling Chinese stories.

Zeng Yun told Concord Times that the Chinese weekly media show is the first in Sierra Leone and in West Africa as well, adding that authorities must guarantee its sustainability in the country.

Lecturer Zeng Yun regularly coordinates with the local production team so as to guarantee normal operation of the media show and make it increasingly fascinating to the audience.

According to him, they are using the media show as a window to tell people about Chinese culture and values as well as broaden Chinese influence in the country.

‘Since the classroom at Fourah Bay College is not enough to contain everybody that is interested in Chinese language, we are using the media show to reach the least person in Sierra Leone. The program is meant for everybody and every gender and we want more learners of Chinese. We want to save people from paying transportation to learn Chinese language. They can be at home and learn it through the weekly media show,’ he said.

He said the weekly media show is divided into different columns including Chinese Learning, which involves the teaching of conversational China, Chinese Cultures which involves the introduction of Chinese virtues, festivals, geography, idioms, and food.

It also involves news about the Confucius Institute on Fourah Bay College campus, China, Sierra Leone-China Relationship, Africa-China relationship.

“It further involves the introduction of successful stories of China in Sierra Leone and we sometimes host guest and interview them .We also have China and Me in which Sierra Leoneans tell stories about their experience in ;earning Chinese, especially learning experience in China. We also use the program to play weekly classical Chinese music, as well as issue out notices of Confucius Institute programs, registration, cultural activities and competition,” he said.

He said the listeners could interact with the program via text messages and WhatsApp.

The Confucius Institute at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone was established in September 27th, 2012, with the aim of encouraging students to learn basic Chinese language and furthering the development of cultural exchanges that would strengthen understanding between the two countries.

The institute has over the years established ten learning sites including Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone Armed Forces Education Centre, and the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology