BEIJING – Several Latin American embassies in Beijing opened their doors on Wednesday to young Chinese students of Spanish, on Children’s Day, to help bring closer the different cultures and educate them on Argentine football, Peruvian history and Venezuelan literature.
The children, aged between 13 and 14 years, received a brief football session by a trainer in the garden of the Argentine Embassy, learnt about the strong imprint left by Chinese immigrants on the Andean nation at the Peruvian Embassy, and heard a good many stories at the Venezuelan embassy.
“It is an activity that will leave them with good memories and encourage them to study more,” Qian Runsheng, a Spanish teacher, told EFE.
The young learners, who also received gifts from all the embassies, started the morning with Nicolas Eiker, a former defender of Belgrano club and with experience in training Chinese children, who taught them some basics on how to pass, shoot, and control the ball.
The media head of the Argentine Embassy, Juan Corteletti, also welcomed the children and congratulated them “for having chosen Spanish as a language of interest, because it is a really important language, the second in the world after Chinese in terms of native speakers.”
At the Peruvian Embassy, they were received by Ambassador Juan Carlos Capuñay, who recalled the importance of the Chinese community in the Andean country, the largest in Latin America, and the first to arrive in the region.
In the diplomatic headquarters of Venezuela, the last stop on the children’s Latin American tour, they visited a photo exhibition of Hugo Chavez and Venezuelan landscapes, and were told about the lives of Simon Bolivar and Francisco de Miranda.