On September 27th 2014 the area surrounding the Philip Sherlock Centre at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus will take on a distinctly Chinese appearance from 10am – 5pm to celebrate Confucius Institute Day 2014. The celebration marks the birth of Confucius, the wise Chinese philosopher after whom the institute is named. The free event will feature Mandarin Chinese lessons, Kung Fu lessons, Chinese cooking classes, Chinese dance and Taiji demonstration and much more including a big karaoke session to end the day.
About the Confucius Institute at UWI
The Confucius Institute is celebrating 10 years since its establishment in Jamaica and has been fully operational for 5 years now. The Institute offers mandarin and Tai Chi lessons to students of the UWI and the wider community. Students who perform well are offered scholarships to study in China with the aim of allowing deeper understanding of Chinese culture and history as well as providing an outlet for cultural exchange between Jamaica and China.
Confucius Institute Day Photography Competition
The organizers of Confucius Institute Day will also be having a photography competition open to high school students island-wide. Participants are encouraged to “Show me your China” using photographs depicting China in Jamaica and submitting them to email@example.com. The most creative entries will then be uploaded to the Confucius Institute Day Facebook page to be voted on. The top ten will be on display at the event and a winner selected, which will win $20,000.