April 26, 2012
In an effort to provide increased learning opportunities and success for all students, the Houston Independent School District and the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Houston have committed to work together in good faith to explore ways in which the two organizations can bring a variety of resources, expertise and learning opportunities to HISD students. An official signing ceremony was held today at the Chinese Consulate.
"Now, more than ever, children need to learn another language so that they can compete in the global marketplace and become more informed citizens in our diverse society. We are committed to expanding our global partnerships and the opportunities we are affording our students in HISD," said HISD Superintendent Terry Grier. "This partnership with the Chinese Consulate of the People's Republic of China in Houston is a key step towards achieving this goal and providing a quality education to every child in the district."
By signing this agreement, HISD and The Consulate General express commitment to working together in a peaceful and productive manner with a focus on the collective goal of improving the quality of education for all students.
"We are pleased about our agreement with HISD. This is a very good program for our young people as they are our hope and future," said Consul General Erwen Xu. "We should help them be fully prepared to meet the challenges of this new era, live healthy, work productively, and make contributions to cooperative partnership between China and U.S."
Through this educational commitment, the Chinese Consulate General and the district agree to work together to explore ways in which the two organizations can bring a variety of resources, expertise and learning opportunities to HISD students.
These opportunities include Hanban-provided educational and cultural resources, financial support through grants and donations, and stronger collaborations between HISD students and teachers with students and teachers in China through exchanges and partnerships.