ISLAMABAD: China Radio International (CRI) and Roots Millennium Schools (RMS), with a view to promote cultural relationship between China and Pakistan and to forge language cooperation between the two organisations, are promoting Chinese and Urdu languages for the benefit of both Pakistan and China.
Under the agreement, the promotion of Chinese language and culture and establishment of CRI Confucius Classrooms across Pakistan is the common goal of the CRI-Roots Confucius Classrooms.
To realise this common goal, both the organisations closely collaborate and fully cooperate with each other to get more productive results through their endeavours, as stated by RMS Chief Executive Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq TI at a ceremony co-hosted by CRI and RMS, marking the 3rd Anniversary of the CRI-Roots Confucius Classrooms.
Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong was the chief guest on the occasion.
Minister of State for Privatisation Mohammad Zubair, senators, members of National Assembly, former ambassadors to China, a large number of diplomats and bureaucrats, Chinese and foreign media personnel and the CRI country correspondent were also present on the occasion.
The single common barrier of language between the two great nations is now being transformed into new heights of opportunity, discovery and diversity, where now 4,000 students of Roots Millennium Schools are learning Chinese language on a fulltime basis as part of their structured academic study plan and language curriculum from Grades 2 to 7.
Roots students of Chinese language programme have coined a new generation of young Pakistanis educating themselves with a desire, determination and drive to look for opportunities across all areas of education, trade, commerce, tourism, industry, business and research to help transform Sino-Pak friendship into a partnership.
The event was attended by leading politicians, diplomats and intellectuals. Parents and guardians turned up in overwhelming numbers to witness their children’s mesmerising performances. The Young performers rocked the Pak-China Friendship Centre by their lively performances perfected with costumes, tunes and choreography.
The theme of the event led to a need for students to be able to communicate, function and create change personally, socially, economically and politically at the local, national and global levels.
The programme commenced formally as the national anthems of the two nations were played.
Special endorsement messages from President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif were read.
Faisal Mushtaq TI in his welcome note threw light on the Sino-Pak relationship and said, “We extend and pledge to renew our heartfelt commitment and support for an even-prosperous relationship with the entire nation of China. Together we can! Our future is together as partners! Twenty-one per cent of the world population together in the 21st century!”
He further added that the initiative would challenge the youth to think beyond, think about the challenges of tomorrow, and what must be done today, highlighting the importance of partnering for tomorrow and taking this already-strong relationship further.
“Together, hand in hand with our friends in China, we can achieve greatness.”
The Millennials on the occasion presented dance performances that included ‘Chinese Yange Traditional Dance’, ‘Traditional Chinese Performance – Kaimenhong (Good luck Dance)’, ‘Lion Dance’, ‘Water Sleeve Dance’, ‘Descendants of the Dragons’ and the ‘Ribbon Dance’.
To further spice the night with the taste of Chinese culture, children stunned the entire auditorium with fabulous exhibition of their skills in karate, and Tai Chi Chuan.
The programme was driven to conclusion following the speech by the chief guest and a thank you note by China Radio International representatives.
Awards were also distributed among participants. The ceremony ended with tremendous applause from the parents.
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