China celebrates 25th Anniversary of the Great Wall Scholarship with UNESCO
Xinhua News Agency, Paris, 14 Nov (Reporter Chen Chen) China and UNESCO jointly held a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Great Wall Scholarship at UNESCO headquarters on 13 November. Chen Baosheng, Minister of Education of China, Tian Xuejun, Vice Minister of Education, and Azulai, Director-General of UNESCO, attended the event.
Azulai said in his speech that the Great Wall Scholarship is an example of practical action to safeguard multilateralism and has made an important contribution to promoting academic development and human resources capacity-building in developing countries. The project reflects the importance that the Chinese Government attaches to international education and scientific cooperation, and beneficiary countries have effectively strengthened capacity-building.
Chen Baosheng said that the Great Wall Scholarship Project is the beginning of talent training cooperation between the Chinese Government and developing countries on the UNESCO platform. Over the past 25 years, 703 students from 100 countries have received financial assistance. The Great Wall Scholarship Program sowed the seeds of friendship, and the students became messengers and bridges of civilization exchange and mutual learning among the people of different countries.
Sakaria Silanda, Chief Education Officer of the National Institute of Educational Development of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture of Namibia, speaking as a beneficiary of the Great Wall Scholarship, said that the experience of study and study in China had a far-reaching impact on their career development. The advanced teaching methods, skills and experiences learned were brought back to Namibia. In addition, much of China's experience in improving and promoting the education of girls and women is worth learning.
The 25th Anniversary of the Great Wall Scholarship was released at the same day, and beneficiaries of the Great Wall Scholarship from Jamaica, Thailand, Ukraine and Zambia shared their experiences of studying in China.
Tian Xuejun said: facing the future, China will, as always, support UNESCO's priority strategy for Africa, further promote South-South cooperation within the framework of UNESCO, and make new contributions to the broad masses of developing countries on the road to common development and prosperity.
The Great Wall Scholarship was jointly established by the Government of China and UNESCO in 1994 to support and finance participants from government departments, universities and research institutions from developing and least developed countries to study and research in China.