First Confucius Classroom Established in Latvia

[Source]    Confucius Institute at UL [Time]    2014-04-18 16:14:09 

On February 28, 2014, the official launching ceremony and celebration of the Confucius Classroom at Riga Cultures Secondary School (RCSS) was held at the auditorium of this school in Riga, capital of Latvia. Around 100 people attended this ceremony, including Mr. Yang Guoqiang, Chinese Ambassador to Latvia, and his wife, official representatives from the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia, officials from the University of Latvia (UL), Chinese and Latvian directors of the Confucius Institute at UL, Chinese language teachers, students and teachers from RCSS, and reporters from Xinhua News Agency.

The Confucius Classroom at RCSS was officially approved by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) on June 18, 2013. The Confucius Classroom at RCSS, the first Classroom affiliated to the Confucius Institute at UL, is also the first of its kind in primary and secondary schools in the three countries of the Baltic area, namely, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Currently, there are six Chinese language classes in this Confucius Classroom, with a total of 64 students from Grade 10, Grade 11 and Grade 12. Students taking the Chinese course need to attend four lessons every week. Starting from March in 2014, this Confucius Classroom will enroll students from the general public, with a hope to expand the teaching of Chinese, upgrade the learning of Chinese culture and carry out various exchanges of cultural activities.

Ambassador Yang Guoqiang delivered a warm speech and then unveiled the nameplate of the Confucius Classroom at RCSS together with Prof. Andris Kangro, Vice-rector of UL and Director of Council of the Confucius Institute at UL. In addition, Ambassador Yang donated some important Chinese books to the Classroom. In Prof. Kangro’s remarks, he expressed his best wishes to the development of the Confucius Classroom in the future and hoped that students here would learn Chinese well and have more opportunities to experience China.

The Ambassador unveiling the nameplate

Then, Prof. Huang Mingxi, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at UL, and Prof. Pēteris Pildegovičs, Latvian Director of the Institute, gave their speeches, respectively. Both of them emphasized that RCSS and the Confucius Institute at UL should work closely with each other to make the Classroom a resounding success and achieve outstanding accomplishments in Chinese language teaching and cultural exchange activities between China and Latvia.

In order to show their enthusiasm and welcome for this first Confucius Classroom in Latvia, teachers and students at RCSS, Chinese language teachers and representatives of overseas Chinese in local communities performed chorus singing with Latvian characteristics and classic Chinese songs, like Mo Li Hua (Jasmine), Qin Yuan Chun: Xue (Spring in Qin Garden: Snow), and so on.

Chorus singing

Chorus singing


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