The 1st Chilean Conference of Chinese Teachers & the Inauguration Ceremony for Chilean Chinese Teacher’s Association Takes Place
Vina Del Mar, Oct. 1st 2010 – the 1st Chilean Conference of Chinese Teachers & the Inauguration Ceremony for Chilean Chinese Teacher’s Association was held at the Confucius Institute at University of Saint Thomas. The event was sponsored by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters, organized by the Confucius Institute at University of Saint Thomas and supported by the Cultural Office of the Chinese Embassy in Chile. A total of over 50 delegates hailing from 12 regions of Chile attended the congress.
Lilian Espinoza, Chilean Director of the Confucius Institute at University of Saint Thomas made a welcome speech during the opening ceremony. Chinese Director Prof. Yang Xiaoli made a keynote speech entitled “New Trends in World Chinese Education & Chinese Education in Chile”. Combining the latest development in world Chinese education and the current situation of Chinese education in Chile, Prof. Yang elaborated proposals and ideas in regards to the theme of fastening the development Chile’s Chinese education through 4 means: cultivating local Chinese teachers in accordance with their local environment; carefully discussing the choice of and utilization of Chinese teaching materials; holding reform and innovation of Chinese teaching methods in high regard as well as making further efforts in the strengthening of cooperation and exchange among Chinese teachers. 18 delegates hailing from Iquique, La Serena Ovalle, Vina del Mar, Valparaíso, Santiago, Cartagena, San Antonio, Chillán, Osorno and Punta Arenas then explained the situations of Chinese teaching in their respective regions; the speeches aroused the interest of other delegates. To better boost communication among delegates, the organizer divided them into different groups specializing in Chinese education in primary schools, high schools, universities and for adults, encouraging them to carry out discussion. Heads of groups were gathered to share the fruits of the group discussions at the end of the conference.
The Chilean Chinese Teachers’ Association was established during the conference, in accordance with a proposal from the Cultural Office of the Chinese Embassy in Chile,. Delegates passed the constitution and voted to elect members of the 1st Board of Directors. During the meeting of the board of directors held sooner after the election, directors agreed that Yang Xiaoli, Duan Niyan, Han Pingwei, Huang Suzhen, Wu Qingjun, Lu Zhengfeng, Luo Ying; Sun Lifen would make up the Standing Council, Li Baozhang, Counselor of the Cultural Office of the Chinese Embassy in Chile was appointed as consultant, Yang Xiaoli was appointed Chairman, Duan Niyan, Han Pingwei, Huang Suzhen and Wu Qingjun as Vice Chairmen and Vice Chairwomen, Luo Ying was elected as Secretary General.
Jaime Vatter, Member of the Board of Directors of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and President of the University of Saint Thomas extended his congratulations on the occasion, Counselor Li Baozhang made an impassioned speech during the closing ceremony. He conveyed the fact that the conference had turned a new page and would play a significant role in the history of Chinese education in Chile.
An Exhibition of Chinese Teaching Materials was launched during the conference to collect teaching plans and add value to the conference.
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