Issue 6
Monday, 08 May 2017
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Woodroffe Primary School principal Sharon Reeves and CDU Confucius Institute Chinese director Hua Wang
Woodroffe Primary School principal Sharon Reeves and CDU Confucius Institute Chinese director Hua Wang

Early steps on the road to China

By Andrew Hall

In a first for the Northern Territory, on Thursday a Palmerston primary school will establish a Confucius Classroom in collaboration with Charles Darwin University’s Confucius Institute.

Woodroffe Primary School and the Confucius Institute Headquarters (HANBAN) will sign the agreement to establish the classroom, which is an initiative aimed at enhancing cultural and linguistic understandings.

CDU Confucius Institute director Professor Martin Jarvis said there were about 1100 Confucius Classrooms worldwide.

“While schools around the world can create Confucius Classrooms through direct connections with Chinese schools, in this instance the Confucius Institute at CDU will be the link between Woodroffe Primary School and HANBAN,” Professor Jarvis said.

Darwin Middle School, Bakewell Primary School, Rosebury Middle School and Palmerston Senior College already have China-related teaching and learning programs and, Professor Jarvis said, the Woodroffe Primary agreement would complete the “Collect-Ed” initiative that has been in process for about two years.

“With students being able to study a range of China-related subjects, including language, from primary through to high school, upon graduation they will come to CDU for higher education already well versed in the basics,” he said.

“This is the way the Chinese education system works when it comes to studying societies and cultures outside China.

“In a world in which societal, economic and cultural borders are increasingly blurred it is important that we, as educators, take a proactive stance when it comes to preparing our young people for the future.”