Chengdu Montpellier Primary School Starts

Authors: Go Chengdu

2014-10-23

On October 21, the opening ceremony of the Chengdu Montpellier Primary School was held on the Chengdu Paotongshu Primary School’s Tianfu campus.
At the ceremony, the School established sister city ties with the Montpellier Chengdu Primary School in France to co-share educational resources and concepts. The Montpellier government will send teachers to teach French at the Chengdu Montpellier Primary School according to the agreement.
A relative official from the Chengdu Montpellier Primary School revealed that located in the Chengdu Hi-tech Zone, the School occupies an area of over 26,670 square meters, and it started in this September. There are 6 classes with 236 pupils in the first grade. The school is scheduled to open 36 classes to accommodate 1,620 pupils.
“In addition to regular primary school curricula, the school will give pupils some French and English lessons,”the official said.
“To promote the internationalization of education, the both sides can strengthen cultural exchanges through cooperation on language teaching,” an official from the French side said.
In 1981 mayors of Chengdu and Montpellier signed an agreement for establishing sister city relations, which made the two become the first twin cities between China and France. In 2012, the two cities started to build friendly schools including the ones in Chengdu and Montpellier, and set a precedent of naming the schools after the names of the opposite side’s cities.

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