Teaching Chinese is Better for Infrastructure
Whichever corner you look there is Chinese overseeing the construction or a road, building or apartment block. They are all over the place and quite likely to stay. Whether Chinese are here to genuinely work on contracts or steal Africa’s resources, the speculation runs deep. But let’s focus on how important Chinese has become as a language. To get a background on the language, it has its own diversity, which is divided into Mandarin, Wu, Yue and Min. These are based on which part of China you come from but the standard Chinese is based on the Beijing-Mandarin. This one is used in international settings.
Kenya’s national language is Swahili but the official language is English. Most UK based system schools are already teaching German and French and offering Spanish, Gujarati or Hindi language exams. By including Mandarin as an option, there is no harm. China is a booming economy and if you are planning to go into business and travel the global, then it will be a bonus to learn it. When we were in school not many parents understood that extra languages can get you jobs in the United Nations, Diplomat positions or in Multinationals. Perhaps it was not on the discussion board.
The Chinese have taken over Africa’s infrastructure creation, so if you can learn their language you can get better results. Your child has the opportunity for being a global citizen and maybe one-day work or become the General Manager for Alibaba (the world’s largest online shop). Think big, don’t get petty about what is eating funds, diversity is the spice of life. The Chinese will also have pleasure in working with you, when people can communicate easily then all the rest falls into place almost perfectly.
The cost of having Chinese teachers you might think maybe unnecessary. The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development is expecting to start Chinese in 2017.
Kenyan teachers may feel they need better pay and not to Chinese teachers. They need to diversify and move with the times and be innovative.
Here’s the other side, it means more jobs for both Chinese and Non-Chinese to teach. It is a better opportunity for the students who are our future businessmen and women. Spain doesn’t control any major economy or industry so why is it taught in schools here? Shouldn’t we learn the big Billion language? It will be better for tourism, imagine Chinese tourists being attended to by Chinese speaking waiters. They will feel at home and try new things. As a trader you can better negotiate your prices.
Confucius has said “life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Keep things simple, knowledge is the best nutrition you can give your mind. With all this amazing technology to help you learn things faster and communicate better, learning one more important language has just benefits for you.