THE HANDOVER CEREMONY OF JAPANESE LANGUAGE TEXTBOOKS
November 23, 2016
On 22 November, Mr. Hidenobu Sobashima, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, handed over 52 Japanese language textbooks to the University of Zambia (UNZA). The project is implemented through the Japan Foundation’s Grant Program, which finances a part of the costs of the activities to promote education of the Japanese language and understanding of Japan. Also in attendance was Prof. Luke E. Mumba, Vice Chancellor of UNZA. He mentioned that he could not over-emphasize the need for language and cultural sharing for maintaining cordial relationship between the two countries, expressing his gratitude for the support extended by Japan.
The Japanese Language Course was introduced in 2013 at UNZA, in collaboration with the Hokkaido University, providing Zambian participants with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the Japanese language, which would help them prepare for their studies in Japan. The course is also assisting participants to learn about Japanese culture, thereby contributing to promoting deeper understanding of Japan by Zambians.
The Japanese Language Course is significant as a big step for promoting understanding of Japan in Africa. It is hoped that this remarkable initiative will further widen the exchange and cooperation between Japan and Zambia from political and economic fields to culture, education and other fields.
To read the speech made by Ambassador Sobashima at this ceremony, please click here.