First lady vis­its school ‘friends’

China Daily (USA) - - XI’S VISIT - By AN BAIJIE in Lima, Peru an­bai­jie@chi­

First lady Peng Liyuan was hosted on Mon­day by a Lima school steeped in Chi­nese cul­ture, de­voted to Chi­nese-Peru­vian in­te­gra­tion and equipped in part thanks to Chi­nese fund­ing.

Stu­dents at the Cole­gio Peru­ano Chino Juan XXIII in the Peru­vian cap­i­tal sang the folk song Jas­mine Flower ( moli­hua in Chi­nese) to wel­come Peng when she ar­rived in the morn­ing. They en­ter­tained her with lion dances, kung fu demon­stra­tions, fan dances and a cos­tume show.

Peng, who is ac­com­pa­ny­ing her hus­band, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, on his South American visit, ex­tended her best wishes to the school and said she looks for­ward to its con­tin­ued suc­cess. In­stru­ments, sta­tionery and sports equip­ment have been do­nated to the school by China.

China would like to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion with Peru to pro­vide bet­ter ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties as part of joint ef­forts to ed­u­cate the young, she said. Peng added that the school will help con­trib­ute to strength­en­ing China-Peru friend­ship.

Dur­ing her visit, kinder­gart­ners sang Chi­nese songs. Among its cul­tural of­fer­ings, the school teaches Chi­nese, kung fu, and Chi­nese tra­di­tional dance. She then ob­served high school stu­dents dur­ing a Chi­nese lan­guage les­son.

The school aims to be­come an in­sti­tu­tion that cham­pi­ons qual­ity in ed­u­ca­tion “for the full for­ma­tion of the per­son, valu­ing both Peru­vian and Chi­nese cul­ture, and is com­mit­ted with the new age to change re­al­ity with eq­uity and sol­i­dar­ity”, ac­cord­ing to the school’s web­site.

“We are an in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­cred­ited pri­vate school in­spired by Chi­nese-Peru­vian in­te­gra­tion and based on the pil­lars of Chris­tian spir­i­tu­al­ity, aca­demic ex­cel­lence and ethno-cul­tural in­te­gra­tion,” the web­site adds.

The school was founded in 1962 at the ini­tia­tive of Bishop Orazio Fer­ruc­cio Ceol, who ac­cepted the in­vi­ta­tion of Pope Pius XII to come to Peru as a mis­sion­ary to the Chi­nese com­mu­nity af­ter 19 years in China. It was Pope John XXIII who au­tho­rized the first fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion for the school’s con­struc­tion.

Peng, a renowned singer and mu­sic pro­fes­sor, has vis­ited a num­ber of schools in re­cent years while ac­com­pa­ny­ing Xi.


First lady Peng Liyuan waves back to stu­dents at Cole­gio Peru­ano Chino Juan XXIII in Lima, Peru on Tues­day af­ter vis­it­ing the school with Chi­nese roots.

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