Swansea Chinese Community School to open in September
A new Chinese school is to open in Swansea in September 2016 on the Townhill Campus of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD). The school will provide children from the Swansea Chinese community with Mandarin language lessons and Chinese cultural activities. It will also welcome children from all backgrounds who would like to learn Mandarin Chinese for a couple of hours per week on a Sunday.
The initiative by the Confucius Institute at the UWTSD has the full support of the Chinese Community Co-op Centre, the charitable body that looks after the interests of Swansea’s Chinese ethnic communities. Swansea has a thriving Chinese community with a growing number of Chinese school age children. The new school aims to enable these youngsters to keep in touch with their Chinese roots and heritage, and to provide them with the excellent Chinese language skills they will need in the increasingly globalised world of work.
The Confucius Institute has nearly ten years’ experience of providing Chinese language and culture courses and workshops in Welsh schools, universities and the community. It will offer a range of courses at the new school from Mandarin GCSE and A for older pupils, to courses that build expertise in Chinese reading, writing speaking and listening for primary school age children.
The school's professionally qualified Chinese language teachers will also offer Hanban’s YCT (Youth Chinese Test) and HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) both of which are world-recognised Chinese proficiency tests. The school will also have Chinese text books and a small library of Chinese books and films donated by the Confucius Institute.
Confucius Institute UK Director, Dr Thomas Jansen said: "The Confucius Institute is pleased to support the Chinese community in Swansea with this vital educational service. The collaboration will open up new educational opportunities for the local Chinese community, both in Wales and in China. As the Confucius Institute for Chinese Heritage Studies we are looking forward to working together on a range of initiatives relating to the history of the Chinese community in Wales and the long-standing contacts between the two nations."
Mrs. Wai Fong Lee MBE, Chairperson of the Swansea Chinese Community Co-op Centre commented: "Our organisation has been supporting the local Chinese community for over 20 years. We are very delighted to be collaborating with the Confucius Institute to open a new Chinese School that promises to deliver a high standard of education. The Confucius Institute has rich teaching resources and is supported by UWTSD and Hanban. We believe children from all different backgrounds in Swansea and generations to come will benefit from this new and exciting opportunity.";
For more information, please contact Krystyna Krajewska, Executive Director.