Confucius Institute in Sofia Held Chinese Language Lessons’ Presentation and Chinese Culture Workshops in the City of Kardzhali

On June 7, at the invitation of "Petko Rachov Slaveykov" Secondary School in the city of Kardzhali, the Confucius Institute in Sofia visited the school and presented Chinese language classes and Chinese culture workshops. Over 200 people participated in the event, including: Milko Bagdasarov, principal of the school; Antonia Tsankova, Sinologist and lecturer at the Center for Eastern Languages ​​and Cultures at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"; Aksinia Koleva and Chen Ying, Bulgarian and Chinese directors of the Confucius Institute in Sofia; teachers and students from the school.

The principal of the school, Milko Bagdasarov, expressed his wish for cooperation with the Confucius Institute in Sofia. Aksinia Koleva, the Bulgarian director of the Institute, presented the courses in Chinese language and culture, the summer camp projects and the opportunities for the development of the Chinese language studies offered by CIS. Antonia Tsankova explained details about the admission and career opportunities of the two Chinese language related majors at Sofia University - "Chinese Studies" and "South Asia, East Asia and Southeast Asia".

In the Chinese culture workshops, students immersed themselves in activities such as making Chinese knots for happiness and prosperity, Chinese calligraphy, paper cutting jianzhi and more. The atmosphere was friendly and uplifting, filled with laughter and good cheer. During the event, various types of teaching materials in Chinese, donated to the school by the Confucius Institute - Sofia, were also exhibited. In addition, students had the opportunity to ask their questions.

"Petko Rachov Slaveykov" Secondary School was founded in 1984. It is the largest secondary school in Southern Bulgaria and is one of the most influential schools in the country. The school has won countless awards in various competitions, including Mathematical Olympiads, and is worthy of its name "A School for Champions".

This event is the first time that Chinese language and culture entered the city of Kardzhali and "24 Rhodope", the most influential media in the Rhodope region, covered the event. The city is the center of Kardzhali region and the seat of local government, it has a long history and is proud of its ancient cultural heritage. This event organized by the Confucius Intitute in Sofia laid a good foundation for the launch of Chinese language classes in the city in the future.


Confucius Institute in Sofia

Text: Liu Ruiling

Photos: Liu Ruiling, Wang Ying, Chen Ying

Editors: Chen Ying, Aksiniya Koleva, Chen Chen

English translation: Dima Pironkova


tu pian1 xian chang jia bin he shi sheng he yingPhoto 1 Group photo of guests, teachers and students

tu pian2 zhong wen ke cheng xuan jiang xian chang xue shengPhoto 2 Students during the Chinese lessons’ presentation

tu pian3 zhong guo wen hua gong zuo fangPhoto 3 Chinese culture workshop

tu pian4 mi er keba ge da sa luo fu xiao zhang ti yan jian zhiPhoto 4 Principal Mirko Bagdasarov experiencing paper cutting

tu pian5 zhong wen xue xi cai liao he ke ben zhan shiPhoto 5 Chinese learning materials and textbooks on display