Phuket Mayor Visits Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School

[Source]    Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School [Time]    2011-01-12 11:31:21 

Grade 4 student Lin Xianyue playing Chinese folk musical instrument—Hulusi

After listening to the introductions, Phuket Mayor Ms. Somjai Suwansupana said that the center is very much like a mini-museum. Books and equipments, even inscriptions on the door, paper-cuts on the window as well as paintings and masks hanging on the wall present the students with a rare opportunity to immerse themselves in Chinese culture.

The Classroom’s Chinese Head, Chen Zhen, told the visitors that the Chinese Culture Experience Center was established with funds from Hanban. As the only Chinese culture center in southwest Thailand, it was inaugurated last December. The students have showed great interest in the center and actively offered to serve as guides to the center. The honor and responsibility also prompt them to work harder to learn about the Chinese language and culture.

Phuket Wittayalai student introducing student activities hosted by the Confucius Classroom

Group photo of Phuket mayor and OBEC officials with the Confucius Classroom Thai Head Ms. Xu Xuehua

Phuket, Jan. 10th—The Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School hosted a Chinese culture exhibition. The Phuket mayor, officials from the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) of Thailand MOE and Phuket senators attended the event.

In the company of Ms. Chen Xuesi, Principal of Phuket Wittayalai School, the guests visited the Confucius Classroom and its Chinese Culture Experience Center. Phuket Wittayalai students gave introductions in fluent Chinese to the Classroom’s office, Chinese book reading room as well as the Chinese Culture Experience Center, and demonstrated how to operate equipment for experiencing Chinese culture.

The OBEC officials expressed their congratulations and recognition for the establishment of the Confucius Classroom and the culture experience center. They stated that the efforts helped the students gain access to Chinese culture in an easy atmosphere even after school. “Many thanks to Hanban for offering our children such good equipment and a chance to learn about Chinese language and culture,” they said.

Phuket Wittayalai School boasts a long history of around 100 years with over 3,000 teachers and students. It began to offer Chinese courses in 2001 and was among the first schools in the local area to launch Chinese courses. Since its establishment in July 2009, the Confucius Classroom at Phuket Wittayalai School has made great efforts to promote Chinese education in southwest Thailand and hosted events such as Chinese speech contests, Chinese culture festivals, Chinese language camps, book exhibitions and other activities, aiming to become the center for Chinese culture promotion, Chinese teaching and tests in southwest Thailand.

By Luo Yuwei