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(CNN) — Inside a brightly-lit classroom, around 20 schoolchildren are enthusiastically singing the Chinese national anthem.
That song is followed by another tune in Chinese -- one typically sung during the Lunar New Year.
But this scene is not taking place in a Chinese school but at Lakewood Premier school, thousands of kilometers away in Nairobi.
Here, schoolchildren are learning Mandarin, a language spoken by nearly 1 billion people almost 8,000 kilometers away from their home.
Sandra Wanjiru, 13, is one of thousands of African schoolchildren who are increasingly proficient in the Chinese language.
More will join their ranks in 2020 when Mandarin will be officially taught in all Kenyan schools alongside French, Arabic and German, which are already on the curriculum.
There are many more examples. Mandarin has been an optional course for students in South Africa since 2014, and in December 2018 Uganda began introducing Mandarin courses to middle school students in selected schools.