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Chinese lessons launched in 30 Serbian schools

(Xinhua)

09:32, March 20, 2012

BELGRADE,March 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese language classes were launched in 30 Serbian schools on Monday, reported Belgrade television B92.

The Chinese lessons began officially in 30 primary and secondary schools throughout the country, with teachers and textbooks provided by the Chinese embassy.

On Wednesday, an agreement was signed between the Serbian Ministry of Education and Chinese officials.

According to the Ministry of Education, if the current pilot is successful, Chinese course could be introduced as an optional subject in Serbian schools.

Mengsuan Guo, one of the 14 Chinese language teachers in Serbia, told Xinhua the lessons would expose students to Chinese culture and traditions along with the language.

She said 260 of the school's 300 students attended her first class on Monday. "They were eager to learn, this made my teaching easier than I expected."

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