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Consul General Ma Zhanwu Meets Executives of Indian School

On 13 April 2018, Mr. Ma Zhanwu, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Kolkata, met at his residence with Ms. Bratati Bhattacharyya, Secretary General of Shikshayatan Foundation in India, Ms. Sangeeta Tandon, Principal of Shri Shikshayatan School, who brought with them five teachers from Wuhua Experimental School in Kunming, Yunnan Province that came to India for exchanges.

Ms. Bhattacharyya and Ms. Tanton told the Consul General about Shri Shikshayatan School, saying that it is a well-known girls’ school with English medium that was founded in Kolkata in 1954 by the above foundation, and now has more than 3800 students.

The Indian guests gave a vivid briefing to Mr. Ma on the friendly exchanges between the teachers and students of the two schools, showed him the photos and videos of their interactions, and said they arranged for the Chinese teachers and students to stay at the houses of the Indian teachers and students so that they could have more in-depth exchanges. And the Chinese teachers and students were also shown around the historical and cultural sites in Kolkata in order to enhance their understanding of India.

The Indian friends thanked the Chinese Consulate for its consistent support which had contributed to the success of their school’s exchanges with its Chinese counterpart, and said that the teachers and students from Shri Shikshayatan School would visit Wuhua Experimental School this coming October to continue their exchanges.

Mr. Xu Yaping, deputy principal with Wuhua Experimental School, and his four colleagues that joined the meeting shared with Mr. Ma their experiences at and thoughts on the exchanges with the Indian school, saying that the 11 teachers and students from Wuhua Experimental School enjoyed greatly the interactions with their Indian friends, and had learned a good deal about the campus life in Indian schools. They have also broadened their horizons through learning about the Indian culture and history. More importantly, they have made friends with the Indian teachers and students. And the teachers and students at Wuhua Experimental School all look forward to the visit by the Indian teachers and students within the year for continued development of the twinning ties between the two schools.

Mr. Ma expressed his appreciation at the start of the actual exchanges between the two schools and the achievement they had made, and commented that the use of a certain APP to communicate was especially helpful, as it increased the efficiency and the sense of being together. He said that the Chinese Consulate was ready to provide assistance to the Indian school for its trip to China in October 2018. He added that China and India have a long history of friendly exchanges, and there are many favorable elements for the two schools to carry out exchanges. There are also some challenges in the process, such as the language barrier and the cultural differences. However, as long as the two sides are open to having exchanges, respect each other, and stand ready to overcome the difficulties, they will be able to enhance mutual understanding and friendship, enjoy the mutual learning and strengthen their ties, which will contribute to the friendship between the two great peoples.

Ms. Charisma Saraff, Principal of The School of Chinese Language in Kolkata; Ms. Tanusree Ghosh, Dr. Rangana Mitra, Ms. Paromita Chaudhury from Shri Shikshayatan School; Ms. Li Hongmei, Ms. Zhong Mei, Ms. Chen Lihong, and Ms. Hu Ye from Wuhua Experimental School; as well as Vice-Consuls Xie Chao and Shi Lijun and Consular Attache Liu Li from the Consulate, were also present at the meeting.

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