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Local schools forge Chinese education links with help of UCLan

07 December 2015

Lyndsey Boardman

Confucius Institute works with region’s school teachers  

North West school teachers have visited the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to learn how they can develop stronger links with Chinese schools for cultural exchanges.

The teachers from 12 primary and secondary schools in Lancashire and Cumbria met with UCLan’s Confucius Institute to set up links with a partner school in China and learn more about the Chinese education system in general. The Confucius Institute also donated Chinese language books to each school to help their students with their Chinese language studies.

 

"Our pupils and staff are excited about our plans in the near future to visit China and to welcome our Chinese friends to Kingsfold.”

Debbie Mills, Headteacher of Kingsfold Primary School in Penwortham, commented: “It was a privilege to set up a link between our school and Qingdao Licang Primary school in China. Our pupils and staff are excited about our plans in the near future to visit China and to welcome our Chinese friends to Kingsfold.”

Headteacher at Padiham Green Church of England Primary School Mark Dixon said: “I loved my time in China this year and after tonight, I'm now even more inspired to develop effective links with our second Qingdao primary school.”

Feixia Yu, Director of the UCLan Confucius Institute, said: “We’re really glad to witness the enthusiasm of senior educators in our China projects. Already we have been invited to develop tai chi and martial arts programmes in several schools across Lancashire in early 2016.”

 

“Broadening horizons and experiencing different cultures is an important part of student’s personal development and growth, and this is the main purpose behind student exchange programmes."

Edunion UK, a company that pairs schools seeking international partnerships in both the China and the United Kingdom, was involved in helping the local schools find a partner in China.

Chen Qu, Director of Edunion UK, said: “Broadening horizons and experiencing different cultures is an important part of student’s personal development and growth, and this is the main purpose behind student exchange programmes. The direction of these programmes are heading east, and we want more schools to be involved.”

The visitors were also treated to a tai chi demonstration from three-time Chinese national champion Master Zhang Ying.