The Confucius Institute at WKU will be establishing six more affiliated Confucius Classrooms in the region this fall.
Construction of the classrooms in Logan, Hardin, Daviess, Breckinridge and Warren counties is under way with grand openings anticipated in September.
“This is a great advancement of the Chinese language and culture within the state of Kentucky,” said Terrill Martin, managing director of the CI at WKU. “The increase from three Confucius Classrooms to nine shows that educational institutions throughout the state of Kentucky understands the importance of learning the Chinese language and culture.”
Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters has approved the CI at WKU’s applications to establish the following Confucius Classrooms:
- Logan County Confucius Classroom at Logan County High School, specializing in providing Chinese digital technology in the classroom.
- Hardin County Confucius Classroom at East Hardin Middle School, specializing in Chinese language and art.
- Owensboro/Daviess County Confucius Classroom at WKU Owensboro Campus, specializing in traditional Chinese medicine. The classroom at WKU Owensboro will provide a bridge for both the Owensboro and Daviess County school districts.
- Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science Confucius Classroom, specializing in the STEM Plus Chinese, which will utilize the funds to send five Gatton students to visit China each year, as part of the High School China Bridge Program.
- Cloverport City Schools Confucius Classroom at the Cloverport Board of Education, specializing in digital technology and online learning of Chinese language and culture.
- Bowling Green City Schools Confucius Classroom at Dishman-McGinnis Elementary School, specializing in visual and performing arts.
In September 2013, the Confucius Institute at WKU opened three of the first affiliated Confucius Classrooms in Kentucky at locations in Barren County, Simpson County and the Housing Authority of Bowling Green.
The Confucius Institute then aggressively recruited additional districts interested in creating a Chinese presence in their communities. Just before the Chinese New Year, the Confucius Institute at WKU submitted the six applications to Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters to establish the new Confucius Classrooms.
In addition, there is an unaffiliated Confucius Classroom in the Jefferson County/Louisville area at St. Francis High School, which has partnered with the Confucius Institute to send high school students to China for the past two years. St. Francis High School has committed to becoming a part of the Confucius Institute at WKU classroom family in September 2014, Martin said.
The CI at WKU also will submit an application to open another Confucius Classroom in Oldham County at an elementary and middle school in Goshen. This partnership will increase the number of affiliated Confucius Classrooms to 11 in just one year.
The Confucius Institute at WKU is a conduit of all that is China. The purpose of the Confucius Classroom is to create a Chinese presence in the communities in which they reside. To support the program or learn more about creating a Confucius Classroom, contact Terrill Martin (270) 745-2530.
Contact: Terrill Martin, (270) 745-2530.