Where are Confucius Classrooms?

Confucius Classrooms campaign
Confucius Classrooms campaign
The Chinese government's Confucius educational programme financially supports more than 650 Confucius Classrooms in junior and high schools across the world. The number is growing on a weekly basis. Described by a senior official as "an important part of our overseas propaganda set-up", the Classrooms provide an opportunity for China's government to provide a positive image of China and hide the truth about Tibet.
 
(Learn more about the Confucius Classroom programme and the threat to Tibet.)
 
There are now around 100 Confucius Classrooms in the UK - you can find where they are by zooming in on the map below. You can also see a list of Classrooms worldwide here.

Taking action

Schools open Confucius Classrooms because they want to provide a valuable educational opportunity for their students.

Free Tibet strongly believes that increased contact between the people of China and people who live in democratic countries is good for Tibet and China. The more of us speak Chinese, the more contact there can be. Free Tibet has already written to every Confucius Classroom school in the UK, to offer our help to ensure that they provide a balanced education about China and Tibet. If you wish to contact a school in your area, please send a polite and respectful letter or email asking them to ensure that their Confucius Classroom does not prevent their pupils learning the truth about Tibet. Free Tibet has developed educational resources for schools, which you can encourage them to use.

You may want to include the following points in your letter:

  • You understand that the school is trying to provide its pupils with a valuable opportunity to learn an important foreign language
  • The Chinese government does, however, abuse human rights of its own citizens and those of Tibet
  • Confucius Classrooms provide an exclusively positive view of China and will not teach students about those issues
  • Schools have a responsibility to ensure that pupils get a balanced education and you can encourage them to make use of the teaching resources available

Contacting the governments in Wales, England, Northern Ireland and Scotland

You can help us challenge China's influence: contact your Minister for Education and demand that Confucius Classrooms are properly scrutinised and propaganda is kept out of schools.

Contact China

If you are not in the UK or have already contacted your minister, write directly to the head of the Confucius Institute in Beijing to demand that China keeps its propaganda out of schools.

Find out more

Learn more about the Confucius Classroom programme and the threat to Tibet.