Sino-Bahamian education proposed
A Harvard graduate is arguing the real ties The Bahamas should be making with China lies in the classrooms, with training in Mandarin essential to forming a bond with the emerging superpower.
“It has to do with building a global network,”Dr. Brendan Francis toldGuardian Businessyesterday. Francis, a healthcare professional, was recently accepted into the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council(HBRAC).”We have to look at skills and people as commodities[and]you produce them to lead and to be able to go to other countries and lead other countries and manage organizations.”
He asserts China is a good country to start building those ties with, given recent business partnerships with the country. While those workers who will be involved in the$2.6 billion Baha Mar project are unlikely to be able to communicate significantly with their Chinese counterparts, Francis said tomorrow’s generation could avoid those problems if there is a real movement to teach Bahamian students-from primary school level-the Chinese national language.
It’s important, he said, given projections that China will take over as the world’s economic superpower in the near future.
“Communication is important,”he added.”American children in schools are now learning Mandarin at an early age… why can’t we have some Chinese teachers teaching our children
Mandarin at the primary age?In order to learn any language it’s most effective to teach them as a child.
“We have to think about the long range goals[and]have a 20 year plan, a vision because the whole world is about globalization and we don’t want to wait too long.
According to him furthering ties with China is becoming the way of the world. He pointed to Chinese President Hu Jintao’s talks with U.S. President Barack Obama on trade.
“If we can have more interaction between our people and China,”said Francis,”I believe we can benefit even more.”