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On the sidelines of the Sino-African forum

On the sidelines of the Sino-African forum
The First Lady visits the Youth Technology and Culture Center
The First Lady visits the Youth Technology and Culture Center
The First Lady visits the Youth Technology and Culture Center

On the sidelines of the forum on Sino-African cooperation, the First Lady, Mrs. Dominique Ouattara was received at the headquarters of the Soong Ching Ling Foundation of the First Lady of China, Mrs. Peng Liyuan. From the name of the First Lady of China, this foundation is also located at the former residence of the last emperor of the Middle Kingdom.

It is therefore in this place steeped in history that serves as both the museum and headquarters of the Soong Ching Ling Foundation that Mr. Hang Yuanxiang, Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and one of the Vice Presidents of the foundation, discussed with his distinguished guest.

According to the Vice-President, China's Soong Ching Ling Foundation was created to spread and perpetuate Ms. Soong Ching Ling's philosophy. This philosophy was aimed at defending the cause of children, promoting culture, education, scientific knowledge, the well-being of children, the unification of China, peace and friendship between the Nations.

"This is my first time in China and I am impressed by your country and the Chinese people. Thanks to the President of the Republic and his wife for their warm welcome (...), " said the First Lady of Côte d'Ivoire. "Our foundation haves two things in common: Africa and young people". Mrs. Dominique Ouattara then presented the major projects of her foundation including the Mother-Child Hospital of Bingerville and the construction of the children’ Houses in Soubré, Bouaké and Ferkéssédougou. "I strive to give the best to our children whether they are rich or poor," said Dominique Ouattara.

 

The two personalities considered a possible collaboration between the Children of Africa Foundation and  Soong Ching Ling Foundation. After visiting the headquarters of the First Lady’s Foundation, the focus was on the Science Exchange and Training Center for Youth.

Owned by Soong Ching Ling Foundation, this center was built at children and young people from 3 to 18 years old. A true architectural jewel, a technological and cultural treasure that stands at the heart of Beijing. According to the center's supervisors, the center receives about 800 children and young people a day to participate in workshops. These include workshops in robotics, dance, sewing, Chinese medicine, culture and arts. Outside classrooms, children come to learn or become familiar with technology, education and culture. The technological advancement and amenities in are impressive.

"I just visited this beautiful center and it’s really amaizing. I dream of a center like this one in Côte d’Ivoire. It takes a lot of money, but it's beautiful. I am delighted that the collaboration between the Children of Africa Foundation and  Soong Ching Ling Foundation is taking shape, "Dominique Ouattara told reporters at the end of the visit.