Language is the most important tool in easing communication among people. However, though cooperation and contact between Chinese and Tanzanians has been increasing, the two groups do not know one another language properly.
In most cases, English is used as medium of communication between these two groups. But the situation started to change following establishment of first Confucius Institute in Tanzania in 2012, and the direct flight of language was launched.
The Confucius Institutes devote itself to satisfying the demands of people from different countries and regions in the world who learn the Chinese language, to enhance understanding of the Chinese language and culture by different people, to strengthen educational and cultural exchange and cooperation between China and other countries, to deepen friendly relationships with other nations, to promote the development of multiculturalism, and to construct a harmonious world.
The Confucius Institute provides the following services:
a. Chinese language teaching.
b. Training Chinese language instructors and providing Chinese language teaching resources.
c. Holding the HSK examination (Chinese Proficiency Test) and tests for the Certification of the Chinese Language Teachers.
d. Providing information and consultation services concerning China’s education, culture, and so forth.
e. Conducting language and cultural exchange activities between China and other countries. The Confucius Institute at the University of Dar es Salaam (CIUDSM) was established in October 2013, co-founded by Zhejiang Normal University of China and the University of Dar es Salaam.
Since its establishment, CIUDSM is committed to language teaching as well as providing a platform for cooperation and exchanges in various fields such as education and culture between China and Tanzania.
At present, Chinese is an elective or compulsory course at the University of Dar es Salaam and its teaching centers, CIUDSM started the program of BA of Education (Chinese-English) and Diploma program on Chinese at the University of Dar es Salaam in 2018. In 2019, 10 students received scholarships from the Confucius Institute and 21 students received scholarships from the Chinese government.
In 2018, a total of 30 students from CIUDSM received the “Tanzania Chinese Ambassador Award”. At present, CIUDSM has 5 local teachers in Tanzania. The local teachers’ Chinese classes are very popular among students, and they believe that more Tanzanians will join the Chinese teaching team.
CIUDSM actively sup-ports and participates in the revision of the Chinese language syllabus in Tanzania and jointly develops secondary school examination syllabus of Chinese.
From 2018, except language teaching, CIUDSM cooperate with various institutions in Tanzania to offer different courses, such as the Chinese tourist guide training cooperating with the National Tourism College of Tanzania.
It also co-sponsored the 2018 Tanzania Agricultural Technology Training Course with Tanzania Chinese Agricultural Technology Demonstration Center to help more farmers to grasp the ne agricultural technology.
The books Tanzanian Tourism Chinese, and Tanzania Agricultural Technology Guide, written by CIUDSM, are expected to be published by the end of 2019.In 2019, CIUDSM and the Chongqing Vocational Institute of Engineering in China established the “Luban Workshop of the University of Dar es Salaam” to provide vocational training opportunities for Tanzanian youth.
This year we have conducted the first term training and sponsored five staff from the College of Engineering and Technology of the University of Dar es Salaam to study in China.
In order to help the people of China and Tanzania exchange and cooperate and promote the friendship between China and Tanzania, the Confucius Institute continues to provide Kiswahili language training classes for the Chinese in Tanzania, and requires all Chinese teachers and volunteers of the Confucius Institute to actively learn Kiswahili and Tanzanian culture.
Africa needs China, and so does China. The future of China-Africa cooperation is bright, but it is also full of ups and downs. The mission of the Confucius Institute is to promote China-Tanzania language and cultural exchanges, to provide a platform and a link for cooperation between China and Tanzania, and to provide services for China-Tanzania cooperation.
We tell the Chinese stories to the Tanzanians and they also narrate the Tanzania stories to the Chinese people. It is only through this way can the friendship between China and Tanzania be deepened and made to last long. We believe that China and Tanzania will work together to build a China-Tanzania community with a shared future featuring shared responsibility, win-win cooperation, shared happiness, shared culture, shared security and harmonious coexistence.