Uruguay is a country located in Southeastern part of the South America. The current GDP per person is about $14,000 US dollars, and its education system is well developed with the teacher rate of 56%. The country offers nine-year free compulsory education to all citizens, and the public universities and colleges are also free of tuition fees. August 3rd, “Witness Friendship” --- Home and Abroad News Press 2016 Summer Junior Journalist Delegation visited the Embassy of the Republic of Uruguay in China. The Ambassador Fernando Lugris and many embassy officials welcomed the delegation in the embassy conference room.
A junior journalist asked: “Hello, Mr. Ambassador. Uruguay has been committing to modernizing its education system for 10 years. Can you tell us that how Uruguay utilizes information and communication technologies with education system to achieve organic integration of the two?” The First Secretary Laura answered: “Uruguay is the world's first country where every student has a laptop computer country. In Uruguay, the children use the Internet from primary school to their workplace. They not only have computers for their study, but also the education programs are all free to all students. The purpose of this government arrangement is to allow the students access the daily information around the world. This information technology is not only available for urban students but also for rural students. The laptop computers can become ‘library’, ‘examination room’ and ‘exercise books’ to the students and the teachers.”
When mentioned about football, people usually think about Argentina, Brazil, Spain...... In fact, Uruguay is actually a strong competitor in the world football playground. It was the first World Cup winner in 1930. The junior journalists wanted to learn more about this remarkable football team. We asked: “Uruguay national football team is the first World Cup championship team. In the Copa America 2011, Uruguay won over Paraguay (3:0) and got the championship for its 15th times. This remarkable achievement made Uruguay as the new "Football Emperor" of the Latin America. Could you please share with us the current status of the Uruguayan national football team?”
As a football fan, the Press Counsellor answered: “Uruguay’s football history is originated in 1880. The local boys really love this sport. In their eyes, everywhere can be the football field, and they can play football everywhere they go.” Uruguay’s rich football culture made it as a well-known football kingdom who have been the World Cup winner for 15 times. Although the recent performance of the national team is not compelling, but Uruguay is still ranked at the 12th place in the FEFA football team overall ranking. Now, the national team is preparing for the 2018 World Cup - South Africa trial competition. On September 1st, we will play against Argentina. We will try our best to prepare for the 2018 World Cup!”
The junior journalists learned that Uruguay has been the championship for the World Cup and the America Cup. Currently, it is ranked at the 7th in the world, and China is only ranked at the 81st place. Therefore, we felt really surprised. As Chinese young people, we must work hard to catch up in the football field.
“The Oriental Republic of Uruguay is located in South-eastern Latin America, known as the "Diamond Country" or the "Switzerland of the South America" and other recognizable names. Meanwhile, Uruguay is one of the safest countries in South America. Could you please introduce Uruguayan culture and tourism to us?” we asked.
The counselor played two short films for us. From the short films, the junior journalists saw the glittering amethyst and live birds jumping around in the woods. With the beautiful sunset, the people are reflected with their black shadows. Everything seems very harmonious. The counselor told us that Uruguay attaches great importance to environmental protection with an annual emission of 35% or less as well as no harm allowed to any kinds of wildlife.
Although it is a small country in South America, it has advanced technology. People have unlimited passion for football. Its beautiful and original ecological environment attracts junior journalists visiting Uruguay or even studying there. At the same time, the country inspired us to learn more so that China can be stronger in the future too!
The interview was done in a friendly atmosphere. In the Uruguayan Embassy in China, the junior journalists’ excellent performance impressed the Ambassador Fernando Lugris and other officials from the embassy. At the end, the Ambassador presented the “Certificate of Outstanding Performance” to the junior journalists; as a return, the junior journalists also prepared their handmade gifts for the ambassador and the embassy officials. They wished the foreign envoys enjoy their work and life in China.