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Antigua and Barbuda launches first Confucius Institute in Eastern Caribbean

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By Carl Joseph

The launch of
the Confucius Institute in Antigua and Barbuda, on Friday, was officially the
first such institution to be opened in the Eastern Caribbean.

The landmark
event took place at the Antigua and Barbuda Institute for Continuing Education
(ABICE) where the Confucius Institute will actively spearhead the teaching of
the Chinese language, while striving to provide vocational education training
for youth based on actual local needs.

“The institute
will play a positive role in expanding educational and cultural exchanges and
cooperation between the two countries and enhancing mutual understanding and
friendship between the two peoples,” Deputy Director of Education Lynn
Weste-Payne said during the launch.

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During his
remarks, Minister of Education Michael Browne pointed out that “it is not
enough that Math and English be compulsory subjects; Math and English being
compulsory subjects was 20 years ago.

“I think that
in order for our students to be adequately prepared, a foreign language must be
included and regarded … not only as an add-on, but as a must in order to
survive in this global economy.”

The opening marked the completion of a journey, which began in October, 2018 when Minister Browne headed a delegation which visited the Confucius Institute Headquarters in China.

Read more in today’s newspaper

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