Three Confucius Classrooms affiliated to the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington officially inaugurated
On April 23rd, local time, the inauguration ceremony was held for the Confucius Classrooms at Skyline High School, Chief Sealth International High School and Happy Valley Elementary School, which are all affiliated to the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington (CIWA). Around several hundred guests from various sectors of the local society attended this event, including Mr. Alan Burke, former Deputy Superintendent of Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and Executive Director of the Washington State School Directors’ Association; Dr. Jeff Riedinger, Vice Provost for Global Affairs at the University of Washington and US Director of CIWA; as well as Mr. Yang Jun, Education Counselor of the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Jeff Riedinger highly commended the work in the teaching and promotion of Chinese language by CIWA and congratulated on the establishment of the three Confucius Classrooms.
Ms. Wang Wenqiu, Chinese Director of CIWA, presented the background and mission of CIWA and its affiliated Confucius Classrooms.
Guests unveiling the nameplate for the Confucius Classroom at Happy Valley Elementary School
Guests unveiling the nameplate for the Confucius Classroom at Skyline High School
Guests unveiling the nameplate for the Confucius Classroom at Chief Sealth International High School
Afterwards, Mr. Alan Burke, Dr. Jeff Riedinger, Mr. Yang Jun and principals of Happy Valley Elementary School, Skyline High School and Chief Sealth International High School jointly unveiled the nameplates of the three Confucius Classrooms. The three principals all stressed that the establishment of the Confucius Classrooms boosted their confidence in the future prospects of the Chinese language teaching at their schools and they would, taking this as a new starting point, set up a good example for other school.
Red silk dance
A magic performance
Also at the event, students from the three Confucius Classrooms staged wonderful art performances for the guests, among which the traditional Chinese red silk dance, skit and interactional magic show won warm applause form the audience.
The establishment of the three Confucius Classrooms will not only further facilitate the teaching and promotion of the Chinese language and the organization of cultural events in the State of Washington, but also improve the Chinese language teaching quality in the State of Washington and even the entire US, promoting the cultural and educational cooperation between China and the US.
Story by Mo Yilin; Images by Huang Sijie