Daouda Cisse, research fellow at the Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, wrote on 11 September 2012 a short piece that looks at African interest in learning Chinese. He concludes that "why would Africans not want to learn Mandarin in this globalizing world?" He notes there are 27 Confucius Institutes and 3 classrooms in Africa for teaching Mandarin. By comparison, there are 87 Confucius Institutes and 205 classrooms in North America.
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