Maseru – A three-month long course on Chinese language for Lesotho government officials is running at the Chinese Confucius classroom (culture and language centre) established within the Machabeng College in Maseru.
The course has been organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy in Maseru to provide basic knowledge on the Chinese language to government officials, to enhance communication with the Chinese community at home and around the globe.
Addressing the government officials drawn from different ministries, the Deputy Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations Mr. Thabang Lekhela said learning the Chinese language has become necessary, as it is also one of the six international languages recognised by the United Nations.
He said it is also important to understand each other’s language and culture, to break the communication barrier and promote effective service delivery to the Chinese community in different parts of the country, saying the course is yet another milestone achieved between Lesotho and China, and thanked Machabeng College for providing the training facility.
Political Counselor in the Chinese Embassy Mr. Song Changqing said 170 countries worldwide where the Chinese language training is being provided, and 60 African countries, including South Africa, Mauritius, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Cameroon have incorporated it in their national education curriculum.
The Chinese Director of Confucius classroom at Machabeng College Mr. Yu Ji outlined that the training will provide basic knowledge on Chinese language and has six levels.