The Chinese Ambassador from the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of Dominica, Li Jiangning, made a special visit to the St. John’s Academy in Portsmouth on Tuesday.
St. John’s Academy was the first school in Dominica to include Chinese Mandarin in the curriculum and the ambassador’s visit was to observe the progress of this initiative and donate books and small gifts to the students.
He disclosed that the Government of the People’s Republic of China will be donating $1,000 to the most outstanding student at the end of the school year.
The gathering was hosted by Chinese teacher, Kim Douglas, who also spoke on the need to deepen people to people exchanges and cultural ties as both countries gear up to celebrate 10 years of diplomatic ties.
He also took the opportunity to wish Chinese people the world over a happy Chinese New Year as they get ready to reign in the Year of the Horse.
Principal of the school, Dr. Juliana Magloire, highlighted the need to equip students with relevant skills and make them more competitive in the globalised world.
In his address to the students, Ambassdor Li, stressed the importance of linguistic skills while recalling his own experiences learning the English language.
Students from forms one and two have been taking Chinese lessons and both classes did short performances and sang Chinese songs.
Some students also introduced themselves in Chinese and explained why they think the Chinese language is important to them.