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Australia launches ‘Mandarin Blueprint’ to strengthen ties with China

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Education Minister Joy Burch announced the recipients on Thursday as she launched the ACT government's "Mandarin Blueprint", a document outlining plans to boost language development and cultural ties with Australia's largest trading partner.


The successful groups will receive up to $5000 each to boost language training, cultural promotion and learning.


The funding mandates that recipients work within the priorities outlined in the blueprint, which range from boosting sister school ties between the ACT and China, to creating informal "conversation meetings" between Mandarin and English speaking residents. The blueprint was developed with the help of a working group established in 2014 under former chief minister Katy Gallagher, shortly after she visited Beijing.


Ms Burch said the goals outlined in the document would build upon the language education opportunities available to Canberrans.


"It is important that, through education including language, we continue building the capability of students to develop the skills and knowledge to enable them to be active global and regional citizens," she said.


ACT Education already has a Memorandum of Understanding with Shanghai Normal University that allows student exchange programs between public schools.


Speaking at the official launch of the blueprint at Lake Tuggeranong College, a successful grant applicant, Ms Burch said fluency in Mandarin would become increasingly important as ties strengthened between Australia and China.


The 2011 Census found Mandarin was the most commonly spoken language other than English in the ACT, with 1.9 per cent of residents speaking it at home.



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