Directors from eighteen Confucius Institutes in Australia, Fiji and New Zealand visited Auckland on 27th October for the annual Joint Conference of Oceanian Confucius Institutes. The delegates also include representatives from our foundational partners, Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters and Fudan University. This is the second time CI Auckland hosting a regional CI conference since 2010.
As part of the preogramme, the delegates visited four local schools, Westlake Boys' High School, St Peter's College, Meadowbank School and Newmarket Primary School, three of them are Confucius Classrooms.
In the first session of the conference, CI Auckland shared a panel discussion with the delegation on the topic, "Chinese in Schools: A New Zealand Experience". The guest panelists are Sarah Wang, Chinese language teacher at Onehunga High School and former Mandarin Language Assistant (2012 class), and Craig Holt, principal of Willow Park School. Nora Yao, director of CI Auckland, and Janine Chin, manager of CI Auckland, joined the discussion with them from different perspectives. The panel discussion received many feed backs from the delegates from overseas.
In the afternoon, all the delegates from participating Confucius Institutes in the region delivered presentations about their own programmes and discussed various other topics.