Two West Limerick Schools Embrace Chinese Language & Culture

Irish Delegation to China including Principal of Desmond College Vourneen Gavin Barry : Oct / Nov 2014

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Vourneen Gavin Barry, Principal of Desmond College, Newcastle West and Norma O’Brien, Principal of Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton, travelled to China during the midterm break as part of an educational delegation organised by the Confucius Institute in UCC. The delegation visited Beijing & Shanghai, visiting sights such as the Great Wall of China and Tiananmen Square and experiencing Chinese culture first-hand.

The delegation visited the Confucius Headquarters in Shanghai and spent time at Shanghai University, touring the campus and meeting with a group of Irish students studying Business, Arts & Chinese, from UCC.

The delegation also visited a number of schools and met with Minister for Education & Skills, Jan O’Sullivan at Shibei Junior High School in Shanghai. Minister O’Sullivan spoke of the introduction of a Short Course on Chinese Language & Culture in the new Junior Cycle Student Award and both Coláiste Mhuire and Desmond College intend to continue their collaboration with the Confucius Institute in UCC, in order to provide this Short Course to incoming 1st years.

Pictured: (back l to r), Norma O’Brien, Principal, Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton, Máire de Brún, Principal, Scoil Bhríde, Galway, Vourneen Gavin Barry, Principal, Desmond College, Newcastle West. (front l to r) Austin Gormley, Consul-General of Ireland in Shanghai, Minister Jan O’Sullivan, Headmaster He, Shibei Junior school Shanghai

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