Ukraine and China intend to develop cooperation in the sphere of education not only at the level of higher educational establishments, but secondary schools as well. Such a perspective was fixed in the Agreement between the Education and Science, Youth and Sport Ministry of Ukraine and the Chinese Education Ministry on cooperation in the education sphere, First Deputy Education and Science, Youth and Sport Minister of Ukraine Yevhen Sylima has said in an interview to UKRINFORM in Beijing.

The document was signed by results of the first meeting of the subcommittee on cooperation in the sphere of education within the frames of the Intergovernmental Ukrainian-Chinese Commission on Cooperation, held March 28 in the city of Sanya in the China southern province of Hainan.

The agreement “determines not only the character of development of relations at the high school level, a serious accent was for the first time made on development of cooperation in the sphere of secondary school education,” Yevhen Sylima has said, who is the Commission co-chairman.

“For the first time, exchanges between schools and pupils are envisaged. They will be, primarily, of cognitive purpose and will be aimed at studying uniqueness of Chinese and Ukrainian peoples, culture and history of our countries,” he explained.

The issue has been developed about creation of the Chinese school in Kyiv, native speakers are planned to be invited as teachers to those schools. It is envisaged to set up a working group, which will be engaged in preparation of “academic programs and textbooks of the Chinese language for Ukrainian pupils and Ukrainian - for Chinese children.”

Speaking about perspectives of appearance of such a subject as “the Chinese language” in programs of other schools, Sulima said that this will depend on the wish of schools and parents. “As for schools... we cannot dictate to them, but there is a political will and we state at the level of ministries that we consider it important and necessary to develop this trend under present conditions,” Sulima noted adding that “if there are good textbooks, the Chinese language could be studied not only within the frames of one school, but in separate classes.”

During the subcommittee meeting, the issue of exchanges of secondary school teachers was discussed too. In addition, there is an intention to hold academic competitions on the Chinese language in Ukraine.

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