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South Africa is Training More Tour Guides to Speak Chinese

Thanks to direct flights and a streamlined visa approval process, visitors from China were among the fastest-growing segment in South Africa's tourism market. At least, that was before the COVID-19 outbreak. But once the borders open again and travel resumes, South ...

Madagascar’s Military Will Soon Learn to Say 你好 (Hello)

Officials in Madagascar's Ministry of Defense will soon have the chance to study Mandarin thanks to a new program set up by the embassy's new military office in Antananarivo. The objective of the course is to facilitate "broader, smoother and sounder communication" between the two militaries.

While Kenyan Parents Worry About Their Kids’ Schooling During Lockdown, the Country’s Education Head Thinks This is a Good Time Talk About Everyone Learning Chinese

The topic of Mandarin language instruction is extremely sensitive in Kenya even during good times, so you can imagine the reaction that Education Chief Secretary George Magoha received this weekend when he hinted that Chinese language education would be included in the country's national curriculum known as ...

Video of University of Nairobi Lecturer Highlights Growing Kenyan Anxiety About Chinese Presence in the Country

A video of University of Nairobi lecturer Dr. Richard Bosire sounding exasperated over being locked out of classrooms in UoN Towers. He thought this was because the Chinese government-run Confucius Institute had purchased two floors of the building. 

Why Kenyans Should be Wary of Learning to Speak Chinese

Kenya is the latest African country to integrate Mandarin language studies into its national curriculum, following South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The curriculum development institute in Nairobi said the new Chinese language teaching plan is complete and will be introduced to primary school ...

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The Lives of African Youth Need to Be on the Climate Agenda in Glasgow

Our podcast conversation this week with the Kenyan economist Anzetse Were was a feast of insights. Among these was her point that there is a massive lag between financing for climate mitigation versus climate adaptation. The former refers to measures directly aimed at reducing future greenhouse gas emissions that further worsen global warming. The latter relates to how we’ll adapt our societies to deal with the emissions already in our atmosphere. These ...

Does It Make Sense for Africans to Learn Mandarin Chinese?

The South African government's 2015 decision to add Mandarin Chinese to the national curriculum sparked an uproar that baffled people in other, often more affluent societies around the world where the demand to learn ...

Chinese Studies at the University of Botswana

It's long been said that while China may have an Africa policy, African countries conversely do not have a China policy. In particular, too many Africans do not understand the language, culture, and politics of their new number one trading partner. ...