BELGRADE – Around 2,500 primary and high school pupils in Serbia are learning Chinese as part of a pilot project launched four years ago based on a programme of educational cooperation between Serbia and China.
Pupils in 29 primary and high schools in Belgrade, Uzice, Nova Varos, Vlasotince, Knjazevac, Sokobanja, Boljevac, Lebane, Smederevska Palanka, Raca, Paracin, Despotovac, Rgotina, Podgorac and Medvedja are learning Chinese.
The project, titled Learning the Chinese Language in Schools in the Republic of Serbia, started in the academic year 2011/2012 and the language is taught by 17 teachers from China.
The goal of the project, designed to provide the rudiments of the Chinese language, is to familiarise primary school pupils in Serbia with the Chinese culture, language and tradition, the Ministry of Education has told Tanjug.
The project is based on a programme of educational cooperation between the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development and the Chinese Ministry of Education.
The Chinese language is also taught at specialised schools for talented children – the Philological Grammar School, the Mathematical Grammar School, the Sremski Karlovci Grammar School, as well as at faculties.