Prince Charles Opens Wales'First Confucius Classroom

[Source]    Xinhuanet [Time]    2011-03-07 09:21:36 
 

Prince Charles (1st right), Prince of Wales, talks with students at the opening ceremony of the Confucius Classroom at the Llandovery College in Wales, Britain, March 1st. On Tuesday, the Llandovery College saw the launch of Wales' first Confucius Classroom and His Royal Highness Prince Charles and His Excellency Mr. Liu Xiaoming, Ambassador to the UK for China, unveiled the nameplate for the Classroom. (Photo by Xinhua News Agency Reporter Guo Rui)

Llandovery, March 1st--The first Confucius Classroom in Wales was inaugurated at the Llandovery College on March 1st. His Royal Highness Prince Charles and His Excellency the Chinese Ambassador Mr. Liu Xiaoming unveiled the nameplate for the Classroom and attended related celebrations.

Prince Charles (right) and the Chinese Ambassador to UK Liu Xiaoming talk to each other at the opening ceremony of the Confucius Classroom at the Llandovery College in Wales, March 1st, 2011. (Photo by Xinhua News Agency Reporter Guo Rui)

Mar. 1st also marked Llandovery’s 163rd anniversary and the well-known private senior school was bathed in a festive atmosphere. During the grand opening ceremony, VIP guests showed great interest in students’ calligraphy and paper-cutting works. Entertainment that featured both Chinese and Welsh traditions was the highlight of the celebrations.

Prince Charles had a cordial talk with the Classroom’s teachers who came from China and held discussions with local students in regards to Chinese learning. In his speech to hundreds of teachers, parents and student representatives, the Prince stated that learning foreign languages makes it possible for people to understand the cultures of other nations. He also expressed his hope that the Classroom would continue to expand its operations in the future.

Ambassador Liu Xiaoming stated that anyone who wants to get a clear understanding of a nation as well as its people and their way of thinking has to learn the country’s language, and that Confucius Classroom is an ideal place to learn the Chinese language. He also said that it is vitally important for British students to learn Chinese since in their hands is held the future of the Sino-British relationship and mastering the language will help them do a good job in promoting Sino-British relations and cooperation.

Llandovery College Warden Mr. Ian Hunt stated that he felt honored to provide his students with a platform to learn Chinese, one of the most important languages in the world, and to help them achieve success in regards to adapting to the challenges of globalization.

A Chinese teacher is talking with students during the opening ceremony of the Confucius Classroom at the Llandovery College in Wales, March 1st, 2011. (Photo by Xinhua News Agency Reporter Guo Rui)

The Llandovery College currently has over 300 students and nearly a quarter of them are engaged in learning Chinese. The school has always carried out various activities to celebrate Chinese festivals, so as to attract local citizens and students from other schools and promote Chinese culture among them.