CULTURE China hands over books to more Nepali schools under 'Panda Book Corner' project


China hands over books to more Nepali schools under 'Panda Book Corner' project

15:40, November 25, 2021

The Chinese Embassy to Nepal on Wednesday handed over books to five more Nepali schools under a library project known as the "Panda Book Corner."

Nepali Forest and Environment Minister Shakti Bahadur Basnet (2nd R), Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Yu Hong(2nd L) and Mayor of Nepal's Lalitpur Metropolitan City Chiri Babu Maharjan (L) jointly handover the books to representative of Pathshala Nepal Foundation during the Inception and Handover of Panda Book Corner organized in Kathmandu, Nepal, December 6, 2018. (Xinhua/Sunil Sharma)

Books granted to the schools cover classical Chinese historical stories and fine Chinese traditional culture as well as development achievements made in modern China, including those in the Tibet Autonomous Region that borders Nepal, Chinese Ambassador Hou Yanqi told the handover ceremony held in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital.

Devendra Paudel, Nepal's minister for education, science and technology, voiced his hope for more support from China on education.

"On behalf of the Nepali government, I would like to request the Chinese government to help Nepal in improving the quality of Nepal's education," he said at the handover ceremony.

Nearly 15,000 books have been granted to 15 Nepali schools along with some bookshelves since the "Panda Book Corner" project was launched in December 2018, according to Hou.

Krishav Pant, a seventh-grader from LRI School in Kathmandu, started to learn Chinese when he was a third-grader. He took part in many Chinese language contests with good results most of the time. He voiced his appreciation for these events, which he said had helped him and others to learn more about China and improve their Chinese language level.

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