Mercedes College and the Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia have signed the documentation for the first Confucius Classroom in Western Australia at the Lord Mayor’s Office.
The College and the Confucius Institute have been liaising with the Lord Mayor of Perth, The Right Honourable Lisa Scaffidi, in order to establish more links between the City of Perth and China.
The objective has been to assist the College in its successful funding application to the Confucius Institute for the establishment of the first Confucius Classroom in Western Australia.
A Confucius Classroom is a centre of excellence for the study of Chinese language, society, and culture. The College will receive the necessary funding to set up the classroom including Chinese Culture Experience Equipment, a touch-screen TV, computer, books, CDs and CD-Roms, other teaching materials, as well as teaching assistance.
The Confucius Classroom will provide a base for the College’s Asia Literacy program, which is an imperative of the Australian Curriculum. The Confucius Institute will also assist the College in developing relationships with China, including the establishment of sister schools and student exchanges.
This ground-breaking initiative will further enhance the participation of Mercedes College and three Catholic primary schools, in a hub for the delivery and development of Asia Literacy and the introduction of Chinese language. The association of the Confucius Institute with the University of Western Australia also provides future cooperation opportunities such as action research.
The College and the Institute believe this focus on the Asia Literacy component of the Australian Curriculum could be a model for other schools and for other sectors.
The Confucius Classroom, which opens on 1 February 2012, will be managed by the Confucius Institute at UWA in close cooperation with the administration of the College.