“More Opportunities Await Liberians” -Chinese Professor

By Macpherson C. Marbiah/0886442881-0777250370


Prof. He Rundong (middle) with another Chinese teacher, presents certificate to a graduate

A professor of Confucius Institute at the University of Liberia (UL), Ms. He Rundong, has cautioned Liberian students to make use of the opportunities provided by the Chinese government through its Confucius Institute program to learn Chinese Language and culture. “More opportunities await Liberians if learn Chinese Language and culture,” she assured.

Ms. He asserted that if Liberian students can learn Chinese very well, they are going to benefit from scholarships to foster their studies in China, noting that it could be a great opportunity for them to go to China and open up their world.

The Chinese Professor made the assertion Sunday, July 2, 2017, at the second closing and first graduation exercise of the New Beginning School System in Jamaica Road Community, on Bushrod Island.

She said the importance of the program is to teach Liberian students Chinese and as well offer scholarships to help them study in China so they can in return bring back advanced technology to their country.

According to her, anyone who is interested in learning Chinese can go and register in their program as it is all about teaching Chinese and free of charge.

She recalled that since its establishment in Liberia in 2008, the Confucius Institute has been educating students of the University of Liberia (UL) as well as students from other institutions.

Apart from the UL, Ms. He revealed that the Confucius Institute program is currently at the Don Bosco and Heritage Model Primary Schools.

She further revealed that through one of her students, the Chinese Peacekeeping Force of UNMIL was able to visit the New Beginning School System and donated materials to the school.

“One of my students lives near this school and she asked me if I can come and teach the children Chinese. So we came to visit this place last year and we established this bridge between the school and the Chinese peacekeeping forces of UNMIL,” she explained.

According to her, the Chinese contingent of UNMIL donated to the school before it left Liberia in March 2017, adding that the children were very delighted to have the materials. Ms. He further said that the head master invited her to the program so that she can present certificates to the graduates.

She said they are hoping to open a classroom at the New Beginning School System in the near future when they have enough teachers because currently they have six teachers, which is very limited.

The female educator said it is her wish that Liberians can learn from China its lessons and technologies, assuring that China will do all it can in helping Liberia develop faster.

“We hope that Liberia can learn from China; because China is developing so fast and if Liberians can learn from us, our technology, I am sure it will help the country develop faster,” she said.

The Chinese Professor told the students that education is the key to the development of Liberia and expressed the hope that the Liberian government can put measures into place that will allow underprivileged children acquire quality education.

“I hope that they can always find a way to study and if their families are poor, they should also find a way to go to school because it is so important and I hope that the Liberian government can offer opportunities for underprivileged children to go to school,” she concluded.

Edited by Fredrick P. W. Gaye