Shanghai Normal University bids farewell to African students
Updated: 2016-09-01

Shanghai Normal University (SHNU) wound up its African summer school program on July 30, attracting some 23 students from Botswana, South Africa, Kenya, and Zimbabwe.

Designed by the Shanghai municipal education commission as part of its Shanghai Summer School projects, the Africa program is aimed at enhancing mutual understanding between Shanghai and various African cities, and promoting further exchanges between SHNU and African universities.


Students show their Shanghai Summer School certificates and pose for a group photograph. [Photo provided to]

A comprehensive curriculum featuring Chinese language skills and Chinese culture was developed, with topics ranging from looking at the Sino-African relationship, to studying the four great classical novels of Chinese literature.

Also, cultural classes were arranged, involving activities such as playing traditional Chinese musical instruments such as the guzheng (a 21 or 25-stringed plucked instrument) and erhu (a two-stringed bowed instrument), practicing wing chun (a type of traditional Chinese martial arts), and learning calligraphy and paper cutting.

To better understand Shanghai, the students visited a variety of museums on the history, culture, and urban planning of the city, as well as learning about traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts. They also took cruises along the Huangpu River, toured around hotspots like Yuyuan Garden and the Oriental Pearl Tower, and visited various companies.


Students take part in various cultural activities and city tours. [Photo provided to]

At the end of the program, a graduation ceremony and event were organized for the students to display their newly-acquired skills.

Meltha One Mashadi from Botswana expressed her gratitude to the teachers and volunteers, expressed her enjoyment in living and studying in the city, and said she one day hoped to study again in Shanghai.

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