THE CHINESE ambassador to the UK was in Yell on Tuesday (1 May) to launch Shetland’s second Confucius Classroom Hub.
Mid Yell Junior High School is now part of the Confucius programme, which aims to teach Scottish youngsters about Chinese culture and Mandarin language, after Sandwick Junior High School joined in 2016,
Ambassador Liu Xiaoming and his wife Hu Pinghua visited Yell alongside minister-counselor for education Wang Yongli and representatives of the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools.
They met councillors and staff from Shetland Islands Council, as well as Mid Yell pupils who entertained the guests with traditional Shetland music and songs – as well as Chinese songs and dance.
Music instructor Peter Wood also played a specially composed tune for the Shetland Confucius Classrooms.
Since Sandwick joined the scheme in 2016, over 1,000 pupils in Shetland have had lessons from Confucius Classroom teachers, while some senior students have taken part in the ‘pupil immersion course’ over the last two years by going on a three-week cultural trip to China.
The SIC said having a second hub will increase the funding and resources to provide more access to more pupils and schools across Shetland.
Council convenor Malcolm Bell said: “This hub will help to build relationships and a greater understanding between our young people in schools here and in China.
“Shetland has always been an outward looking community and I am sure that our young people will grasp the chance to learn more about Chinese language and culture.”
Education committee chairman George Smith added: “Mandarin Chinese is one of the most spoken languages in the world and our young people will have the chance to shape their own future as global citizens.”
Become a supporter of Shetland News
Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.
Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.
Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has over 300 supporters who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.
Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -
- Bring you the headlines as they happen;
- Stay editorially independent;
- Give a voice to the community;
- Grow site traffic further;
- Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.
If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or by monthly subscription.
Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.Support Shetland News