Tanzania experiencing a growing demand to learn Chinese

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There is a growing demand to learn the Chinese language among students across Tanzania.

“We’ve received requests from six secondary schools – in Arusha, Musoma, Lindi and Mtwara – who wish to introduce Chinese language as a subject this year,” The Confucius Institute (CI) Director at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Prof Zhang Xiozhen said

Six more secondary schools have expressed interest to learn Chinese as a key language for study, which brings to 14 the number of schools teaching the language in their courses of instruction according to report by the Daily News.

Form Five student Baobab School based at Bagamoyo, Evance Salema, said that his interest in learning Chinese is driven by the fact that the language presents more opportunities and will also expand his scope in graduate studies opportunities.

“With Chinese you could land a job in Chinese firms investing within the country as well as acquiring scholarships to China for further studies,” added the student

“Students have shown interest in Chinese language with majority dropping other languages in favour of Chinese,” Baobab Secondary School Director Mr Halfan Swai said

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