The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is motivating lots of people of Pakistan to learn Mandarin. Around 5 religious seminaries in Karachi are offering these courses. The reason is that there is great potential for people to earn high pays if they learn the Chinese language thanks to CPEC and the opportunities that it has opened up for both China and Pakistan.
According to Jawad Madani, the owner of Jamia Sattaria Islamia religious school, People are ready to give out high salaries to anyone with knowledge of Mandarin. He considers languages as a medium of communication, not a tool of cultural invasion.
“We started teaching Mandarin about two years ago. Initially, we enrolled students once or twice a year. But demand has increased to a level that we’ve almost started admitting new students on a monthly basis.”
The University of Karachi has set up the Confucius Institute with almost 400 students and has a number of Chinese instructors.
Besides, the provincial government of Sindh has introduced a teachers’ training program as well. Liaquat Ali Jamro, one of the directors at the province’s vocational training authority, noted:
“We plan to train about 200 teachers of Mandarin within a year. These teachers will then be deployed in 12 regional centers.”