First Confucius Classroom Established in Northern Territory of Australia

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Charles Darwin University in Australia [Time]    2017-05-19 14:31:03 
 

On May 11th, 2017, local time, the agreement that the Confucius Institute at Charles Darwin University of Australia will be partnering with Woodroffe Primary School to establish a Confucius Classroom was officially signed, marking the Confucius Classroom at Woodroffe Primary School as the first of its kind in Northern Territory, Australia.

Kevin Gillan, representative of Department of Education of the Northern Territory of Australia, Simon Maddocks, President of Charles Darwin University, Sharon Reeves, Principal of Woodroffe Primary School, Martin Jarvis, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute at Charles Darwin University, Wang Hua, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at Charles Darwin University and representatives from all circles in Northern Territory attended the signing ceremony.


Simon Maddocks (first from left), Wang Hua (second from left), Sharon Reeves (first from right) at the signing ceremony

Simon Maddox stated in his speech that the Confucius Institute at Charles Darwin University had become an important platform for the communication between China and Australia since its establishment in July 2012, adding that the Confucius Classroom at Woodroffe Primary School is literally the “Educational Silk Road” connecting Palmerston and Casuarina of Northern Territory.

Kevin Gillan said that cooperation between Northern Territory and China in education has become increasingly frequent in recent years. In the coming five years, the Northern Territory government is going to employ 20 Chinese language teachers to strengthen its teaching faculty in the Northern Territory, aiming to lift the popularity rate of Chinese learning in high school graduates to 12%.

Wang Hua read out a congratulatory letter from Xu Xiao, Minister Counsellor of the Education Department of the Chinese Embassy in Australia. In the letter, Xu Xiao hoped that the Confucius Classroom would become a communication bridge between primary and secondary schools in China and those in Northern Territory, and cultivates more “unofficial ambassadors” being familiar with the national conditions of China and Australia and contributing to the Sino-Australian cultural exchanges.

Afterwards, Wang Hua introduced the Confucius Classroom Program, and said that the establishment of the classroom would enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples, and further contribute to Sino-Australian friendship. It would offer more and more unique courses based on local conditions with a global vision.

“It is a great honor for us to have our school as the first school in Northern Territory to open the Confucius Classroom. The classroom will give students more opportunities to learn Chinese and understand Chinese culture, which would benefit their future”, according to Sharon Reeves, Principal of Woodroffe Primary School. She is confidence in the classroom, believing it would help teenagers from the two countries know each other better and be more internationalized with broader horizons and minds.


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At present, Australia has 14 Confucius Institutes and 67 Confucius Classrooms. The Confucius Institute at Charles Darwin University is the only Confucius Institute in the Northern Territory of Australia, and the unveiling ceremony of its subordinate Confucius Classroom at Woodroffe Primary School will be held in this June.

Story by Chen Yiting