Nepal to implement Mandarin classes in public schools

Nepal to implement Mandarin classes in public schools

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was acknowledged by the Ministry of Education in Nepal amidst the Chinese Embassy on Volunteer Chinese Teachers’ Programme during Chinese State Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi’s visit in September. The agreement is intended to expand Mandarin language classes in public schools in the nation.

According to the contract, 100 volunteer teachers from China will be authorised to train Mandarin, the Chinese language, in public schools in the initial stage, as per to Mahesh Dahal, secretary at the ministry.

About 85 private and public schools are giving Chinese language education to their students.

A month following the agreement on the volunteer programme, Nepal and China governments on Sunday admitted establishing Confucius Institute in Tribhuvan University where Kathmandu University already established in cooperation with the Hebei University of Economics and Business, China.

“The institute in Kathmandu University just conducts Mandarin classes, the one in Tribhuvan University will be higher than that,” Dahal stated.
He stated the intended institute, is expected to come into service in a year, would serve as a centre to examine the ability in Mandarin and allow teachers for the volunteer programme.

Moreover, the institute will too give Nepali language program for Chinese students.

“It will likewise function as an analysis centre for language and culture,” stated Dahal. “The Chinese administration will support the whole cost for the establishment and progress of the institute in the beginning stage. The long-term funding modality for the institute will be fixed once it develops into the role.”

Private school administrators, who are operating Chinese language classes, stated the establishment of the institute is an outstanding action by the government in developing the language of the nation which is in the race to grow an economic superpower. They announce the availability of social and other sources will increase once the institute starts running the classes.

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