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Remarks by Chinese Ambassador to Ghana H.E. Mdm. Sun Baohong at the Inauguration Ceremony of Phase II Project of Ultra-Modern Classroom Block at China Awutu Modern High School in the Central Region
2016/09/19

Remarks by Chinese Ambassador to Ghana H.E. Mdm. Sun Baohong at the Inauguration Ceremony of Phase II Project of Ultra-Modern Classroom Block at China Awutu Modern High School in the Central Region

(14th September, 2016)

Your Honorable Hanna Tetteh, MP of Awutu Senya West, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana, ,

Respected Mr. Sempson Abbey Armah, District Chief Executive of Awutu Senya,

Traditional Leaders of the Community,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Students,

Good morning!

It is my great pleasure to attend the inauguration ceremony of Phase II Project of Ultra-Modern Classroom Block at China Awutu Modern High School, and share this exciting moment with you all. I recalled fondly the memory of my last visit here when I was installed as Queen Mother Naache Ama Owodey.

For the past few months, at the request of China Awutu Modern High School, the Chinese Embassy has installed security fences outside the windows of the classrooms and built a grass playground for the kids to play football or do other sports. I learn from many Ghanaian friends that people like to hold important matches and events in the Cape Coast Sports Stadium, a China grant project, simply because of the very rare green turf there. This makes me feel extremely proud that there is also a very rare green playground in China Awutu Modern High School. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the project contractor China Qingjian International Ghana Development Company who has done an excellent work again, and to officials from local government and community who have rendered strong support to this project.

The school looks so amazingly beautiful that when my assistant Mr. Tang inspected the project last week, he could not help sending me pictures immediately through wechat and told me that the Chinese school in which he spent his childhood fifteen years ago was not as good as this one. Surely tremendous changes have taken place in China and China is not the China fifteen years ago, or five years ago. When Honorable Jane Nana Opoku-Agyemang, Minister for Education of Ghana visited China recently, she was very surprised by the beautiful, neat, expanding and well-equipped campus of Chinese schools wherever she went. This showcases one of the powerful forces driving China’s development and progress.

There is a popular saying in China that one should never forget where he comes from. We will not forget what we have experienced and will always stand with our African friends, to sympathize with them and to help them within our capacity.

China has been all along answering pledges with actions. In education alone, China has conducted several projects in this country including the New Century Vocational Training School Expansion Project in Accra, the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ho, the Distance Education Project in the University of Ghana, primary schools in rural areas, two Confucius Institutes and so on. China provides increasing number of government scholarships and training opportunities, and this year of 2016 witnessed the inauguration of two organizations, China Ghana Graduates Association and China Trained Ghanaian Professionals Association. Since 2014, the Chinese Embassy has donated five ICT classrooms in 5 different regions in Ghana, and one of the these is located at the border area between Ghana, Burkina Faso and Togo. This year we are implementing 3 more ICT classrooms in the Eastern Region and Ashanti Region. We wish no matter which region you are in, you could always find a China-aided ICT classroom and just by clicking the mouse you connect the whole world.

Dear students, on behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Ghana, I wish all of you would study hard and establish the ideal of making contributions to the national construction when you grow up. The fate of one individual will only be meaningful when it is linked with the prospect of your motherland. I wish in the future all of you would join China Ghana Graduates Association and China Trained Ghanaian Professionals Association, thus becoming the mainstay of advancing the traditional friendship and cooperation between China and Ghana.

By conclusion, let me say, as Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, I will continue to work with Honorable Foreign Minister Hanna Tetteh and Ghanaian people from all walks of life to push forward our bilateral relations in a sound and healthy way.

Thank you!

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