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The first Confucius Classroom in southern Ukraine is inaugurated



On October 16 , with the support of the Sino-foreign Language Exchange and Cooperation Center, the Confucius Classroom of 117 Middle School opened by the Confucius Institute jointly established by our school and the Southern Normal University of Ukraine held an inauguration ceremony. This is also the first Confucius Classroom in southern Ukraine. The dean of the Confucius Institute China and Uzbekistan and the principal of 117 Middle School attended the unveiling ceremony.




117 Middle School is a well-known and consistent public comprehensive middle school (including elementary school, junior high school, and high school) in Odessa. In 2016 , under the recommendation of the Chinese Consulate General in Odessa, it cooperated with the Confucius Institute of Southern Ukraine Normal University of our school and opened a Chinese class that year. In the past two years, Chinese language teaching and Chinese cultural activities in schools have developed vigorously, and the demand for Chinese language teaching is increasing day by day. In 2018, with the support of the Confucius Institute at our school, the application for Confucius Classroom was approved in November 2019. At present, this class is mainly for 117 middle school students, offering comprehensive basic Chinese courses. In the later stage, with the support of the Confucius Institute at our school and the China International Chinese Language Education Foundation, projects such as teacher training, textbook compilation, and cross-border exchanges between teachers and students will be carried out.




At the unveiling ceremony, the Chinese and Uzbek directors of the Confucius Institute at Nanjing Normal University delivered opening speeches respectively. The Chinese Dean Zong Chengju said that the establishment of the Confucius Classroom at 117 Middle School cannot be separated from the foundation's full support and students' enthusiasm for Chinese learning. The establishment of the Confucius Classroom not only provides students with more high-quality opportunities but also helps students who dream of going to China to learn and understand Chinese culture in depth, thereby promoting the exchange and spread of Chinese-Uzbek culture in the long run.


Zong Ju president handed over to congratulate my school 117 school Confucius Classroom inaugurated the congratulatory letter said: "The establishment of the Confucius Classroom 117 secondary schools, marking the Chinese school education to a higher level of development, also marks the Southern Normal School The cooperation between Confucius Institutes has been further strengthened, which also marks the consolidation and deepening of China-Uzbekistan friendship."


Natalia, Principal of 117 Middle School, said in her speech that in 2016, the Confucius Institute teachers had only a dozen Chinese learners in the first Chinese class, and now there are more than two hundred Chinese learners. More and more students have signed up for the YCT (Chinese Proficiency Test for Foreign Middle School Students) and achieved excellent results. The Chinese and Uzbek deans of the Confucius Institute presented awards to outstanding students on the spot. Student representatives shared their Chinese learning experience and achievements and told about China in their hearts. Principal Natalia expressed his gratitude to the Confucius Institute at Nanjing Normal University for its support and hoped that the good cooperation in the future will continue to help the students realize their Chinese dreams.




After the unveiling ceremony, the two deans of the Confucius Institute visited the Confucius Classroom multimedia classrooms funded by the foundation and experienced traditional Chinese arts such as calligraphy, painting, and paper-cutting with the students. The students actively participated and received enthusiastic responses.




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