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Confucius Primary Hub launched at Armadale Primary School

Primary School pupils in West Lothian are set to benefit from a state-of-the-art link with China.

West Lothian Council has been actively working with the Confucius Institute for Scotland's Schools, a national centre, funded by the Scottish Government and Hanban/the Confucius Institute Headquarters of China.

The Confucius Hubs promote joint planning of cultural activities between schools in Scotland and China, sharing ideas and resources to stimulate the learning and teaching of Chinese language and culture.

The first Confucius Hub in West Lothian was established for Secondary Schools in 2009 at Bathgate Academy.

The establishment of the new Primary School Hub was officially marked on Friday 20 April at an event held in Armadale Primary School which featured a number of colorful performances from pupils as they celebrated Chinese tradition and culture.

Armadale Primary School Head Teacher Allison Phillips believes the link will provide an invaluable experience for the school and Primary pupils across West Lothian.

She said: "We are delighted to have the new Primary School Confucius Hub in West Lothian based at Armadale Primary School. Our children have really enjoyed taking up the challenge of learning mandarin and learning about Chinese way of life. Hopefully the new Hub in West Lothian will allow even more children to get the same opportunity."

Executive councillor for education, David Dodds said: "We're delighted to have the new Primary School Confucius Hub in West Lothian. We have already established good links with the Confucius Institute in West Lothian through the Secondary School Hub so we know the value that this link brings to our pupils through experiencing Chinese culture and learning Mandarin. We have to thank the Confucius Institute for Scotland for their work in establishing this link and I'm sure many pupils from across West Lothian are set to benefit."

Provost Tom Kerr said: "First of all I have to congratulate the pupils of Armadale Primary School for hosting such a marvelous and colorful event. Scotland enjoys close ties with China and there has been a close connection here in West Lothian for a number of years. The launch of the Primary School Confucius Hub will continue this tradition as the next generation get to expand their horizons and learn all about Chinese culture."