Press Releases 2017

Confucius Institute Chinese School unites families from across South Wales

29.11.2017

On 3rd December an unusual celebration will take place in the Townhill Campus of University of Wales Trinity Saint David. 

Group of children with teachers

150 pupils from Chinese and Welsh family backgrounds are celebrating the first anniversary of their very own Chinese School in Swansea, run by the Confucius Institute at UWTSD. But they are celebrating more than just the anniversary.  The school’s success has exceeded all expectations and its pupil numbers have grown by more than 100%, with parents traveling ever Sunday from as far as Lampeter, Tenby and Cardiff.

While other children do their normal weekend activities with family and friends, the children at the Chinese School spend half a day every Sunday learning how to read, write and speak Chinese. What’s more, these children come from a variety of backgrounds, not just Swansea’s ethnic Chinese families. The school has become a real magnet for a broad ethnic and Welsh community that is united in one aim:  they want their children to have the very best skills for the world of work, and that means speaking Chinese.  They also want their children to connect to their Chinese heritage and be able to communicate with grandparents still living in China as well as keep their cultural heritage.

Chair of the Swansea based Chinese in Wales Association, Mrs Shirley Au-Yeung said: “There is one thing which really matters for the parents, and that is education.  We want our young people to read and write Chinese, and the school gives them a very high standard of teaching.  Earlier this year, 55 pupils took the Chinese Youth Test which is recognised in China and worldwide, and they all passed with flying colours.  Next year, our oldest group of 14 to 16 year olds will be taking Chinese GCSE.”

Students working at desk

Confucius Institute Executive Director and Principal of the school, Krystyna Krajewska said: “The success of the school has been down to not just good teaching, but also excellent partnerships. UWTSD has supported us with their many Chinese students from Wuhan University of Technology who act as classroom assistants, and we have a governor from Swansea University who also encourages their students to help. Our Chinese partner, Beijing Union University gives us fantastic support with teachers who come from China. And last, but not least, we work very closely with the Chinese in Wales Association.’

The success of the school doesn’t end here.  Next year, pupil numbers are expected to top 200, making the Confucius Institute Chinese School a truly unique initiative.

Note to Editor

For more information about the Confucius Institute at UWTSD, please contact Krystyna Krajewska, Executive Director: k.krajewska@uwtsd.ac.uk

 

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