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The Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Barbados held the Virtual Delivery Ceremony for the 2020 Chinese Ambassador's Award

December 2 and December 3, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Barbados held the Virtual Delivery Ceremony for the 2020 Chinese Ambassador’s Award. H.E. Yan Xiusheng, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Barbados, Mrs. Joy Adamson, the Acting Chief Education Officer of Barbados, Dr. Colin Cumberbatch, Principal of the St. Stephen’s Primary School, Dr. Monica Walton, Principal of the Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School, Dr. Wendy Lewis, Principal of the Ellerslie School, Mr. David Bulbulia and Dr. Grace Li, Co-Directors of Confucius Institute of the University of Western Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus, the 2020 Chinese Ambassador’s Award winners and their family members attended this ceremony.

Ambassador Yan congratulated all the winners and expressed that Chinese language education has became one of the highlights of China-Barbados cooperation in educational and cultural areas. Yan stressed that although China is thousands of miles away from Barbados geographically and the cultures of the two countries are quite different, but the differences don’t make people from two countries apart. During the past challenging year of pandemic, China and Barbados have joined hands to combat the virus. When Chinese people fought against COVID-19 in early 2020, people from all walks of life in Barbados expressed their solidarity and offered support to China. While since the outbreak of the pandemic in Barbados, Chinese government, business and people felt the same pain and donated several batches of PPEs to Barbados to help our Bajan friends to overcome the tough time. This exemplifies that for building a community with a shared future, we must help each other when facing the common challenges. The first and foremost thing of helping each other and building a community with a shared future is to know each other. And language is ways and means by which people get to know each other, communicate with each other and learn from another country and culture. President Xi Jinping once stressed that culture is colorful because of communication, and culture is enriched by mutual learning. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley also pointed out that all Barbadians should be bilingual, and Chinese is an option of their second language. Yan said the Embassy will try its best to facilitate and provide assistance to the Barbadians who are interested in learning Chinese language and culture. Yan encouraged all the recipients to continue to learn Chinese and become unofficial ambassadors to build a bridge between China and Barbados, as well as to build a community with shared future for China and Barbados.

Mrs. Adamson recalled her unforgettable experience of visiting China in 2017 and was deeply impressed by the profound Chinese culture. She thanked China for its great contribution to the development of Barbados in education and other fields. The Ministry of Education, Technological&Vocational Training looks forward to continued and deepened cooperation with China in education field, so as to contribute to continually promoting the friendship between Barbados and China to a high level.

Dr. Cumberbatch, Dr. Walton and Dr. Lewis all thanked the Chinese Embassy for providing the scholarship to encourage the students to learn Chinese, as well as the efforts made by the Confucius Institute of UWI Cave Hill Campus. They all agreed that learning Chinese can help students better understand the long history and splendid culture of China, as well as the dramatic economic and social development in recent years, and it can also help them widen their international horizon. The Barbadian schools look forward to cooperation with their Chinese counterparts.

Miss Yearwood, the representative of the recipients expressed their gratitude to the Chinese Embassy, and their commitment to keep hard working on learning Chinese and building the bridge between Barbados and China to promote the long-standing friendship. Students from Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School performed Chinese songs, including Jasmine Flower, during the ceremony.

The Barbados Advocate and other local medias of Barbados reported the ceremony.

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