Teachers and students’ representatives went to collect Health Parcels on Tuesday morning. Photo by: University of Cape Town
Teachers and students’ representatives went to collect Health Parcels on Tuesday morning. Photo by: University of Cape Town

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China ensure that no student is left behind

By Iris Wu, Takwing Yu Time of article published May 27, 2020

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The Ministry of Education Department and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China sent health parcels, a little gift during this difficult time in South Africa. After a daunting 61 days of lockdown, living in ever-persisting fear, worry and confusion, the group of Chinese students/scholars and teachers received the health parcels in good order, with prompt delivery.

Many health parcels arrived in Cape Town early Tuesday morning, with the assistance of the Chinese Students and Scholar Association in the Western Cape. The health parcels were delivered to various individual Chinese students/scholar and teachers on Tuesday afternoon.

The Chinese Students and Scholar Association has been assisting with Chinese students/scholars and teachers in Cape Town since the outbreak of Covid-19 in March. The association organised a group organised monitoring protocols, surgical masks, hand sanitisers and disinfectant soap. The essential medical items were sent to the association before the lockdown commenced. 

In addition to the generous donation, and with the assistance of the Embassy of China in Pretoria, as well as the Consulate of China in Cape Town, the association also provided detailed virtual conferences, giving valuable insights and information about the Covid-19 outbreak. 

Ensuring that the information is widely accessible, the association worked together with Chinese teachers to provide a weekly newsletter, which is shared and sent electronically to all Chinese students/scholars and the Asian community. A 24/7 emergency group was established to assist students who may require additional needs.  

“We are safe here, and we hope all the Chinese students in other countries are safe too. We cannot wait to walk the paths on the beautiful campuses again and visit the beaches along the side of the West Coast. Keep well and be safe!", said the students and teachers, in a message of gratitude for the donation.

Unforeseen circumstances always catch us when we are most off guard. We need to work together, be kind and assist each other, just as the South African Universities. The movement “no student is left behind”, a very powerful statement from the association, who stated that this should not only be in academia but at home and in the country as well, that “we take care each other, no one should be left behind”.  

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