First Independent Confucius Classroom inaugurated in a British Crown dependency
On July 13 (local time), the Confucius Classroom at Ballakermeen High School in Isle of Man, a British Crown dependency, was officially inaugurated. This Confucius Classroom is jointly established by Ballakermeen High School and the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), with No. 1 High School of Liuyang, Hunan, as the partner institution in China.
Minister Counselor Shen Yang and Minister Tim Crookall jointly unveiling the nameplate of the Confucius Classroom
Around 100 people attended this inauguration ceremony, including Allan Bell, Chief Minister of the Isle of Man Government; Tim Crookall, Minister for Education and Children; Shen Yang, Minister Counsellor of Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in the U.K.; and other guests from various walks of life.
Speaking at the ceremony, Chief Minister Allan Bell pointed out that as the first Independent Confucius Classroom in the British Crown dependency, the Confucius Classroom at Ballakermeen High School would serve as a significant bridge for strengthening the friendship between Isle of Man and China. He also observed that the Isle of Man Government would offer continuous support and attention to the future development of the Confucius Classroom.
Minister Counsellor Shen Yang congratulated on the establishment of this Confucius Classroom and expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Isle of Man Government and people from various sectors of the society for their strong support. He hoped that this Confucius Classroom would strengthen the friendship between Isle of Man and China by promoting cultural exchanges between the two sides.