“Learn as though you would never be able to master it; Hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it” ~Confucius
We would like to introduce you to a program which would not only introduce Mandarin Chinese into your existing foreign language curriculum, but enhance your students’ understanding of Chinese culture in general. This new program, which the CCEC has been given authorization to employ, is called Confucius Classroom.
Confucius, who lived from 551-479 BCE, was thought to be a thinker, a social philosopher and educator. He is highly regarded within Asian communities as someone who stood for higher morality within government and society, justice and sincerity. Confucius taught that one should be successful upon his own merit and natural desire for self-improvement. He is said to be the author of one of the first versions of the Golden Rule, which he articulated as “What one does not wish for oneself, one ought not to do to anyone else; what one recognizes as desirable for oneself, one ought to be willing to grant to others."
It is only fitting, that Chinese educators, when establishing a program to teach foreigners the Mandarin language and Chinese culture, would want to name their program after a man such as Confucius. This program is simply one which is implemented as an educational tool designed to benefit people from different countries and regions of the world who are learning the Mandarin language. This program enhances the understanding of the language and supports educational and cultural cooperation between China and other countries. For China, this encourages friendly relationships with other nations, promotes the development of multiculturalism, and assists in constructing a more harmonious world.
The first Confucius Institute was established in 2004. Since then, more than 78 countries have set up more than 250 Confucius Institutes and 60 Confucius Classrooms around the world. The speed at which this learning mechanism is growing is quite amazing.
As special representatives of the Department of Education of Hebei Province in China, the CCEC has been challenged to invite twenty to fifty schools in South Carolina, grades K-12, to offer extended programs or to implement new Chinese language and culture programs through a Confucius Classroom program.
We would like to propose a possible joint venture between your school and CCEC. Together, we have the ability to apply for a Confucius Classroom program, which is sponsored by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (or Han Ban in Chinese) of China.
We understand that incorporating new programs can be costly and take time become established. A Confucius Classroom program in your school will be partially funded through grants awarded through the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C. Your school would also be provided with curriculums, supplies and trained educators to help speed along the process. For example, upon approval you can expect to receive:
- A minimum $10,000 seed grant available to facilitate the program
- One professionally trained Chinese teacher whose salary is paid by the Chinese government for up to 3 years
- Teaching materials and equipment valued at up to $20,000
- A partner school in China that can establish an exchange program with teachers and students or simply collaborate with your school for activities concerning Chinese culture
- An opportunity to apply for supplemental grants which are available to those who support the Confucius Classroom.
To become a qualified host of a Confucius Classroom program, your school must:
1. Be a licensed educational institution authorized by the government
2. Be equipped with or willing to obtain the personnel, space, facilities, and equipment required for language and culture instruction
3. Be confident that any capital for the establishment is secure and your sources of funds are stable
The CCEC would like to cooperate with your school on this effort. Our job will begin with assisting your school in applying for the Confucius Class program. We will then assist you in finding appropriate Chinese school partners, train the arriving Chinese teacher in matters concerning our educational system, assist you in establishing a suitable curriculum, assist you in organizing cultural events and activities, and assist in planning exchanges between the American and Chinese schools. The CCEC is committed to supervising your program for up to three years as we assist you in communicating with your Chinese partner school. We also have the ability to assist you in applying for further grants that can support your project.
Please consider this Confucius Classroom project as a benefit to your already existing foreign language program. We are not only encouraging education concerning China’s language, history and culture; we are also providing the opportunity for the next generation to be better prepared for their future.
Please feel free to contact the CCEC with any questions.