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Creating connections with China

The Northern Territory will be promoted internationally with the launch of the Territory’s very first Confucius Classroom at Woodroffe Primary School.

The Charles Darwin University Confucius Institute will implement a Chinese teaching program tailored to the Territory’s curriculum with two Chinese teachers based at the school and the opportunity for Woodroffe Primary students to participate in study tours to China.

NT Minister for Education Eva Lawler said the Confucius Classroom will enhance educational opportunities for students and also help to promote the Northern Territory internationally.

“The Territory Government believes in providing education options for our kids – this type of intercultural learning is invaluable and will be a great experience,” Ms Lawler said.

“It will be wonderful to have two internationally-trained teachers to teach in our classrooms.

“We know that investing in our kids isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s the smart thing to do for the Territory’s future.

“We also continue to build our growing international relationship with China to further ‘develop the north’. Minister Lauren Moss and Minister Ken Vowles are currently in China exploring tourism and agriculture options.”

The Charles Darwin University Confucius Institute was formally established in July 2012 and is a partnership between CDU and the Anhui Normal and Hainan universities in China.

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks said the Institute would be an intermediary between Woodroffe Primary School and the Confucius Institute headquarters in Beijing.

“This further expands the University’s outreach activities, and builds a Chinese language and culture education bridge from the beginning of primary school here in Palmerston, directly to our Casuarina campus and to our higher education courses in China studies,” Professor Maddocks said.

Principal of Woodroffe Primary School Sharon Reeves said she was delighted the school’s vision of a Confucius Classroom has come to fruition.

“Our school community is really excited about the Confucius Classroom because it will assist their children in achieving their potential in the future,” Ms Reeves said.

“With the Confucius Classroom, students at Woodroffe Primary School will improve their knowledge of Chinese language and will have amazing opportunities to experience Chinese culture first-hand through study tours and excursions.”

The Confucius Classroom lessons will be integrated into the school’s curriculum and Woodroffe’s 430 students from pre-school up to year 6 will benefit from this intercultural learning.

Source: NT Government

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