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21 Jul 2009

Summer camp in Shanghai

Director François Gaudreau (right) with the Montréal team and Chinese students at the opening ceremony. The Québec contingent is made up of Rémi Boucher, who teaches at Honoré Mercier School, together with the following students: Nina Nguyen, Sophie Barat School; Tamarra Boivin-Nantel, Joseph-François Perrault School; Duyen-Thanh Doan-Lavoie, Roberval Academy; Nazar Ieman Al-Yafie, Honoré Mercier School; and Joey Villeneuve, Dunton Academy.

At the invitation of Montréal’s twin city Shanghai, a group of Quebecers will be attending the 2009 Shanghai International Sister Cities Youth Camp from July 19 to August 1. The event will provide a unique opportunity to gain familiarity with Chinese culture and to educate young people from around the world about Québec.

This will be the first trip to China for the Québec contingent, which consists of secondary school students and a teacher chaperone. Over a two-week period, they will be taking part in the camp alongside young people from the Rhône-Alpes region (France), Dunedin (New Zealand), Kwazulu-Natal (South Africa), Haifa (Israel), Queensland (Australia) and Shanghai.

The camp was inaugurated by Shanghai’s assistant secretary general, Weng Tieyi, together with students from seven participating teams. The event was also attended by Xue Mingyang, executive director of Shanghai’s Board of Education, and François Gaudreau, director of Québec Government Office in Shanghai.

Québec’s participation ties in directly with the cooperation agreement signed in 2003 between the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS) and the Shanghai Board of Education. In 2010, Montréal and Shanghai will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of their twin-city relationship. Québec and Shanghai have stepped up their education exchanges in recent years, particularly in the areas of higher education and professional training.

Québec Government Office in Shanghai
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