Some institutions and businesses in Seychelles are partnering with the Confucius Institute at the University of Seychelles so as to teach Chinese to those who on a daily basis are having to interact with the Chinese visitors in our country.
This has been the case this week for the Seychelles Police Academy (SPA) and the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) where airport staff are having the chance to learn the mandarin language.
Such an initiative came about as more and more Chinese tourists are visiting the Seychelles islands. In 2016 a total of 5,403 set foot on our beautiful archipelago, to date 4,864 Chinese travelers have disembarked at the Seychelles, a figure which certainly increase in the forthcoming months.
“The course will allow the students to better interact with Chinese tourists on vacation in Seychelles, this is also a great opportunity for the young students to learn a foreign language’ said Mrs. Wang Dongxia, the director of the Confucius Institute.
The two hour sessions at the Police Academy will be conducted once a week, and part of the training will include culture studies.
The course that aviation personnel will be attending will include spoken Chinese Mandarin classes and will be more targeted towards conversation, basic writing and reading, aviation and tourism Chinese. All sessions will last 3 hours and is to be conducted twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is expected that the first group will complete the program by the end of July 2017.
“The aim of the course is to enable our front line staff to enhance the service delivery offered to the Chinese visitors by surpassing the communication barrier that exist with this particular group.”
“They are the ones who are in direct contact with the passengers soon after they step down from the aircraft until they leave the terminal to their holiday destination and vice versa” said Mr. Gilbert Faure, the SCAA CEO.
Mrs. Wang said SCAA is a window in Seychelles especially this year when more Chinese tourist are coming.
“We hope those students and workers will help to enhance the Chinese experience, and that both will be and help to make a difference, and that both will be good example for others in Seychelles to follow suit” ended Mrs. Wang said.