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A Portuguese Town Is Making Mandarin Mandatory For Eight-Year-Olds To Gain A Foothold In China

Business Insider – Olivier Devos

“The small industrial town of Sao Joao da Madeira…has now made Mandarin compulsory for its 8- and 9-year-olds. The aim is to give their youth the competitive tool to help sell its footwear to China…”Chinese is the key which will open the doors to the world’s biggest market,” said Dilma Nantes, Sao Joao da Madeira’s city councillor on education.” (more)

The writing on the wall is Mandarin

Press Europe – Luís Ribeiro, Thiago Mourão, and Lorena Amazonas

“Given China’s continued growth, no one will be astonished that Mandarin is most in demand. Various courses have appeared in recent years. Among the most sought after are those aimed at children. These are chosen by parents particularly worried about their children’s futures.”(more)

Portugal’s Education Lesson

New York Times – David Leonhardt

“Portugal is the poorest country in Western Europe. It is also the least educated, and that has emerged as a painful liability in its gathering economic crisis.”(more)

A Nation of Dropouts Shakes Europe

The Wall Street Journal – Charles Forelle

“Portugal is the poorest country in Western Europe. It is also the least educated, and that has emerged as a painful liability in its gathering economic crisis.”(more)