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22. Confucius Institutes


Confucius Institute Kǒngzǐ xué yuàn 孔子学院  



This stamp was issued in 2012 in a set of 2 stamps about the Confucius Institute. Confucius Institutes are all around the world to promote the Chinese language and culture. 


Kǒngzí is the Chinese name given to the famous philosopher Confucius. The last two characters xuéyuàn 学院 mean an education institute. 学 xué means to learn. The following is a fun way to remember this character:


A child under a small roof is learning. 

A school student or pupil is xuésheng 学生. Primary school is xiǎo xué 小学 (small learning) and secondary school is zhōng xué 中学 (middle learning). 

Suggested activities:

  • Find your nearest Confucius Institute.
  • Find your nearest Confucius Classroom. 

Some additional information - Confucius Classrooms are linked to a Confucius Institute. They are usually based in schools but in 2018, the first specialist Confucius Classrooms were launched by the Confucius Institute for Scotland's Schools. The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland holds the first science specialist Confucius Classroom in the world as part of the 'Beyond the Panda' programme. 

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