地址:T. A. Marryshow Community College Tanteen, St. George Grenada
电话:1 473 405 4642
2015年3月，玛丽秀社区大学 (TAMCC)和孔子学院总部签署了理解备忘录。授权玛丽秀社区大学和中国宁波工程学院（NBUT）合作建立孔子课堂。同年6月， TAMCC 和 NBUT 达成共同建设孔子课堂的合作协议。同年10月24日，在玛丽秀社区大学举行了孔子课堂成立典礼，标志着孔子课堂正式成立。目前为止，我们是格林纳达唯一的一家中国语言和文化推广机构。
Introduction of Confucius Classroom of TAMCC in Grenada
In March, 2015, T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) signed MOU with Confucius Headquarters which authorizes joint establishment of Confucius Classroom between T. A. Marryshow Community College and Ningbo University of Technology (NBUT). In June the same year, TAMCC and NBUT reached agreement on joint establishment of Confucius Classroom, and on Oct. 24 the same year, the inauguration ceremony of Confucius Classroom was held in TAMCC, marking the official launch of Confucius Classroom. Up until now, we are the only institute in Grenada that promotes Chinese language and culture.
The purpose of our Confucius Classroom is to promote Chinese language and culture, in order to build bridges of communication between NBUT and TAMCC, between Ningbo, China and Grenada, thus strengthening the educational cooperation and cultural exchange between China and Grenada, promoting mutual communication, understanding and friendship between youth of China and Grenada.
Due to the short period of development, small size of the country of Grenada and the economic conditions, our Confucius Classroom relatively lacks teaching resources, there are normally only 2-3 Chinese teachers. Though small as the sparrow, it possesses all its internal organs, our small classroom makes a great influence on the island country.
Although temporarily we don’t have that many teaching staff, we are enterprising, relentlessly expand new curriculums and organize various cultural promotion activities. So far, we have set up 3 curriculums including Chinese language, Chinese medicine and martial arts:
(1)Chinese language courses: we opened selective courses for 2 classes in the college, meanwhile, opened basic Chinese credit courses for 6 classes in college of continuing education and college of applied arts and technical education. Besides, we actively promote Chinese courses both on and off campus, providing free basic Chinese courses for staff members of TAMCC, students from St. Joseph middle school for girls, Montessori Elementary School, Angelican High School. Through our efforts, the influence of Chinese language and culture is expanding in Grenada.
(2)Chinese medicine courses: we opened 2 classes of Chinese acupuncture and massage courses for local people in Grenada, and provide Chinese clinic services for communities which won great popularity and welcome from local communities. In this island country that lacks medical supplies, the promotion of Chinese medical culture gains great popularity, we are also in urgent need of more Chinese medicine volunteers to come and support the promotion of our excellent Chinese medical culture.
(3)Martial arts courses: we provide 3 free Chinese martial arts courses for staff members and students in colleges and middle schools, which attracted students and teachers who are interested in Chinese martial arts and Tai Chi. Thanks to the athletic talent of Grenadian friends, they have natural interest in Chinese martial arts, which gives us great advantage in promoting martial arts culture.
Except for the basic teaching, we also actively organized or participated in various cultural promotion and educational exchange activities, for example, the Chinese Bridge competition in Grenada, Chinese Martial Arts Festival (Kongfu Night), Chinese movie festival, dragon boat festival and Chinese singing competition, spring festival gala, Chinese Arts Troupe performance, Chinese Lantern Festival charity sale, World Taichi and Qigong Day and a series of Chinese culture lectures. We have organized delegations of students and educators to visit China for 3 consecutive years, and assist the Chinese embassy in promoting Chinese Government Scholarship and short term training program by the Ministry of Commerce, we have recommended more than 70 personnel through Confucius Classroom within 2 months, and also assist the Ministry of Commerce in the organization of training sessions of automobile maintenance in Grenada.
Among all the programs, the Chinese Bridge competition, Chinese Kongfu Night, World Taichi and Qigong Day, local Chinese summer camp are our signature programs.
Within these 2 years, Chinese and Grenadian counterparts of the Confucius Classroom have made great efforts in actively promoting educational exchange and cooperation between the two peoples, continuously expanding the influence of Confucius Classroom, except for Chinese language teaching and cultural activities, we have also achieved the following:
(1)From 2015-2017, we promoted mutual visits by leadership from both universities, organized delegations of educators and students to China, effectively boosted educational exchange and cooperation between NBUT and TAMCC.
(2)Through the training program of automobile maintenance by the Ministry of Commerce, effectively promoted cooperation between Ningbo Polytechnic and TAMCC, expanding international educational exchange between the two countries.
(3)In 2017, we recommended more than 70 teaching staff and students for the training courses by the Ministry of Commerce, effectively promoted educational and cultural exchange between the two countries.
(4)Organized local Chinese Bridge competition and participation in China for 3 consecutive years, expanding local influence of Chinese language and actively promoted the communication and understanding of the youth from both countries.
(5)In 2016, through the promotion of NBUT alumni, 15 sets of solar lamps were donated to TAMCC which worth more than 300,000 RMB, they were installed in 3 campuses of TAMCC, which greatly promoted relationship between the two universities and expanded influence of Chinese solar technology in Grenada.
(6)In April, 2017, Chinese embassy in Grenada donated 25 Lenovo computers to TAMCC, which greatly improves the equipment of the computer labs and expanded influence of China in students of Grenada.
(7)From 2017, we assisted Chinese embassy to donate 150,000 RMB annuallyto TAMCC and established Chinese Embassy Scholarship, among which 25,000 RMB is specifically awarded to excellent students of Confucius Classroom, which stimulates the interest of students in learning Chinese language and culture and expands influence of Chinese government in Grenada.
Within more than 2 years from October 2015, the Confucius Classroom, with the support and guidance of Chinese embassy and NBUT, gives full play to the team spirit and selfless contribution by the Chinese staff, extensively united and mobilized friendly personage of Grenada and TAMCC, overcame temporary shortage of operation cost, lack of teaching resources, year-long high temperature, transportation inconvenience and cultural differences, being proactive and enterprising, adapts to local conditions, creatively promoted Chinese language and culture, not only does it guarantee the rapid development of Chinese language and culture promotion, but also strengthened deeper educational and cultural cooperation and exchange between China and Grenada. We expect the small Confucius Classroom in the small island country to write an even more beautiful chapter.