On May 17th, the 19th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for international University students, Rwanda regional final was held online, which was sponsored by Chinese Embassy to Rwanda with the organizer Confucius Institute at University of Rwanda College of Education. After the preliminary selection round and the outbreak of COVID-19 was declared, it changed into online competition. Thirteen Rwanda university students participated in this competition finals and Mungwareba Elysee (Han Le), a student from host Confucius institute at UR-CE won the first prize.
This online competition, organized by CIUR-CE, lasted more than three months from preliminary selection to the finals.
There are three categories for this competition, they are“speech””talent show “and“knowledge quiz”. The contestants upload the video of the entries and complete the knowledge quiz online. To make the competition scoring fair and justice, members of the selection penal from different walks of life in Rwanda and China evaluated the competition entries online.
In the speech competition, themed“One World, One Family”, participants delivered their speeches and expressed their understanding of Chinese culture. In their speeches, participants also expressed their ideas about current affairs, such as the new coronavirus epidemic, information technology and community of human destiny. The first prize winner, Mungwareba Elysee, amazed the judges by his great speech and got the highest point scores.
As the whole country is under lockdown, contestants stayed at home and did whatever they can to make their five-minute performance video wonderful. Competitors impressed the judges and audiences with their performances ranging from Chinese songs and Kungfu to poetry recitation. These two contestants got a high score in talent show by their Kungfu videos. They keep practicing Taiichi boxing and Shaolin sticks skill at home during this epidemic period.
In the online quiz, mixed methods were adopted to prevent cheating. The culture knowledge online quiz covered Chinese culture, national conditions, Chinese language knowledge and Knowledge of COVID-19 prevention was especially added.
To encourage students to keep on learning at home during this epidemic lockdown, the “most popularity prize” was set. To win the prize, students should share their learning experiences online and win the support of their classmates. Finally, Ye Xing, student from University of Rwanda, College of Agriculture, Animal sciences and Veterinary Medicine (CAVM) won the “most popularity prize” by more the 4000 clicks and high clicks-through-rate.
Held during this coronavirus epidemic, the competition built a communication bridge between young Chinese and Rwanda and stimulated the enthusiasm of Rwanda students to learn Chinese language.
图 文 | 巩光明 曾广煜
编 辑 | 张旭光
校 对 | 曾广煜