Vanuatu could send teachers to China

A young female VMF member (r) one of the recipients of the latest Chinese government scholarships receiving her award with her commanding officer from Chinese Ambassador Liu Quan witnessed by Minister of Education, Jean-Pierre Nirua.

By Jonas Cullwick

The Minister of Education, Jean-Pierre Nirua, has said that there is a big possibility that some teachers from Vanuatu will be employed to teach in China.

Speaking at the recent awarding of the Chinese government scholarship ceremony at the Chinese Embassy in Port Vila, the minister revealed that a province in China has requested teachers from Vanuatu to teach English in their schools.

However, he did not identify the province concerned.

He said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Vanuatu Government was working on the request and once everything became clearer, he would formally inform the Chinese Ambassador, Liu Quan.

The Minister encouraged the 22 students who were awarded the scholarships to try hard to master the Mandarin language, which would be very helpful for them personally and for the country in future.

He added that in future more Chinese government-supported projects will be coming to Vanuatu such as the Luganville wharf, the Korman Stadium and the Bauerfield International Airport upgrade, that will be needing surveyors, engineers and other such highly skilled technical people.

“I would like to see us able to occupy such technical positions because our people are qualified to fill those posts and also because they understand and are fluent in Mandarin.”

The 22 students, including a young female member of the Vanuatu Mobile Force will leave for their five-to-six year studies in September.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

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