A busy 31 August 2020
This is the second article about our visit, exploring the schools in Shandong Binzhou.
We left the hotel in the early morning, crossed the Yellow River to first visit the Binzhou High-tech Zone Experimental School. It is a elementary boarding school set up in 2005. with 900 students. Seven years of education for students 6 to 14 years old.
See the pictures of the class rooms, the dormitories, the sport facilities, the canteen and also the art work done by the students. The installation is very modern and clean, a high standard really.
We met with the school board for the presentation of the school.
We then left for Binzhou Advanced Technology High School, where the students of the elementary school can continue their studies.
Binzhou Advanced Technology High School
See the pictures of our visit: the campus, dormitories, sports facilities, canteen, classes. We had a very nice lunch in a private room in the canteen.
The school, affiliated to UWEE, is a double-track-system school. They are aiming to strive for excellence and it is their responsibility to foster global-minded talents with an international perspective to implement the Belt & Road Initiative. The goal is to build a strong foundation on the basis of an education system of college entrance examination in China, while meeting the standard of international education, to truly achieve a seamless transition to prepare the students to be ready for the world from diversified and individualized learning and practices. English courses will be an important part, among other languages.
The school now has only 90 students, it just started operation in June 2020 and of course the virus made it all more complicated. The goal for next year is 2000 students.
The buildings are owned by the government who contributed 80% of the investment; the school is managed and operated by UWEE. It plans to have 30 foreign teachers, a few have started already.
Students pay some RMB 38,000 per year; UWEE pays RMB 8,000 per student to the government.
If anybody is interested to send students, give me a sign and Ms. Dasha of UWEE will provide all information. She works with the school and is also a great interpreter; from Belarus. You can see her in the pictures.
After the lunch we had the seminar, with several speeches. I gave the following speech:
I was a bit worried how my words would be received but the feedback was very positive, they basically agreed with me…
I then had to sign more than 90 notebooks for the students, to be given out the next day.
Lamb dinner in the city
In the evening we had dinner in a local restaurant, see the pics.
No health checks, mostly no masks… all very relaxed.