Portuguese-Mandarin school in Rio fuels dreams of local students for future and career
While the 2016 Olympic Games are being held in Rio de Janeiro, the students at a bi-lingual school nearby release ever more enthusiasm at their soccer class, under the guidance of a Chinese coach.
(Soundbite) GUILHERME LUIZ, Student
“He is a great teacher, teaching us about the fundamentals of football. Here in Brazil we want to play a lot, but do not learn the basics. Here we learn a lot of fundamentals. Pang has been very important to us.”
The Brazil-China School in metro Rio offers bilingual teaching of Portuguese and Mandarin, and features mathematical expertise and soccer training.
(Soundbite) PANG XUPENG, Soccer Teacher
“I started to work with this team from early April. So far, I can say that I have had many difficulties, especially linguistic and cultural differences. To tell the truth, I almost gave up.”
Co-sponsored by the educational department of China’s northern province of Hebei and the municipal government of Niteroi, the school finds its space in this historic building established over 300 years ago.
(Soundbite) JOSÉ VIEIRA, Student
“This can help in the future when we go forward to find a job or choose a university. This will make me grow culturally and academically.”
Currently, the institution hosts 140 students, who believe in the potential of learning Chinese language and yearning for better future and careers out of their training at the school.