The Confucius Institute at Kennesaw State University has spent the last year teaching Mandarin Chinese to public school children in Bibb County. In September some Macon private school students will get a chance to learn the language.
Wesleyan College, an all women institution in Macon, opened its Confucius Institute last month with the goal of bringing Chinese language and culture to the community.
Since there is already a program in place for the public schools, they decided to go private. This fall they plan to teach at three private schools in the area.
Xiaoping Jiang is Co-Director of the Institute. "We’ll make our Confucius Institute be a little bit unique, or different, from other Confucius Institutes. We’ll pay more attention to women’s studies and let the world see how women can change the world."
Two teachers and one volunteer will join Jiang in teaching at the schools.
The $150,000 program is funded from the Hanban institute in Beijing, which is affiliated with the Chinese ministry of education.