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.
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.