Ten students and one teacher from Mater Christi College, Belgrave have been selected to take part in the Victorian Government’s $13 million Victorian Young Leaders to China (VYLC) State-wide program designed to support students studying the Chinese language and culture.

The five-year State Government initiative is supporting 1500 metropolitan and rural Year 9 students to undertake a six-week Chinese language and culture immersion course in China.

Students will be based in high performing host schools in Nanjing and Shanghai.

Year 9 is a crucial stage of a student’s development and the program is specifically designed to engage students in their learning and propel them towards success in Year 12.

It provides students a life changing opportunity to live in and attend school in China, and combines language and cultural learning with personal development and leadership skills.

Department of Education and Training research shows that a transformative learning experience at Year 9 can make all the difference to a student’s education outcomes.

Since March 2014, 335 students from 44 Victorian schools have participated in the VYLC program, with 73 students expected to travel to China by the end of December 2015.

Quotes attributable to James Merlino MP, State Member for Monbulk 

“We’re investing almost $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has access to great local schools and every child gets the chance to succeed.”

“This program enriches the education of Year 9 students, supporting them to achieve their best in Year 12 and beyond.”

“By giving our young people the chance to better understand China, we are preparing them to live and work as citizens and future leaders in an inter-connected global community.

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