Chinese Language Initiative
Promoting the Youth Factor in Pakistan-China Relations
Faisal Mushtaq – TI first coined the slogan of Pakistan-China together making up 21% of the world’s population. He believed the youth on both sides of the border is the untapped resource that needs to be utilized in the 21st century; and this driving force will be responsible for growth and development of Pakistan and China. An empowered youth together can change the picture of this region in his opinion and his slogan of club 21:21 – 21%of the world population together in the 21st century has now become a household name in the Pak China Context.
Faisal’s Chinese language school curriculum and teaching initiative has now created a new vista of opportunities for the youth on both sides of the border. Language through school curriculum is the common denominator that can play a key role in unifying the youth of the two nations in his opinion. The Chinese language initiative at Roots Millennium Schools, Pakistan created magic and ripples across Pakistani academia, intellectuals, think tanks, media, civil society, government offices and diplomatic circles; where nearly 2200 students are studying Chinese language as a Full Time course of their school curriculum from Grade 1 to Grade 7. This now has created an opportunity for youth to think beyond, to think about the challenges of tomorrow, and what can be done today to help scale our long standing friendship into a strategic partnership. Faisal’s slogan that together Pakistan and China make up 21% of the world’s population in the 21st century created a unique platform for teaching and learning and is attracting a lot of interest from Communist Party of China, Chinese Media including CCTV and CRI and have also created support from Chinese government, embassies and stakeholders.
Chinese Language School Curriculum Initiative by Mr. Faisal Mushtaq – TI
In support of 60years of diplomatic relationship celebrations between Pakistan and china, Roots Millennium Schools under the leadership and vision of Faisal Mushtaq – TI launched the unique Chinese language school initiative, where RMS is working in close collaboration with many Government and private organizations including the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Ministry of Culture, Economic Affairs Division, Pakistan National Council of the Arts, Embassy of China in Islamabad, Embassy of Pakistan in China, Pakistan-China Institute, think tanks, media and intellectuals to help scale this language and education initiative for our mutual national benefit.
To help eliminate the language barrier between Pakistan and China, CEO Roots Millennium Schools Mr. Faisal Mushtaq – TI offered Chinese language classes across the schools in the private sector, with the aim of allowing the students to speak and write Chinese as proficiently as possible. For this purpose, he hired 2 Chinese language teachers from China, supported by 4 more teachers from NUML Confucius Institute and has the honor to be the first school in Pakistan to have offered Chinese language classes where our Chinese language department has now 6 Full Time Teachers and nearly 2200 students learning language. This has promoted cultural, social, business and educational opportunities among China and Pakistan for the benefit of our future generations.
The Chinese Language Department under his dynamic leadership has organized various initiatives, events, seminars, symposiums, parents’ days, language days, open days, media briefs, dignitaries’ visits and 60th year of diplomatic relationship ceremonies in support of Pak China Friendship during the last academic year. Since the commencement of the language classes, and within a record time of 9 months, he has been able to galvanize all stakeholders from media, civil society, parental and academic communities, embassies, government functionaries, dignitaries and nation in support of his endeavors to bring Pakistan and China closer. Roots believe that through language, we shall be able to scale our friendship and regional interests to a new aura of friendship and partnership and shall provide Pakistani and Chinese Youth to look at each other for educational, travel, tourism, culture, trade, and entrepreneurial and investment opportunities.