Presentation on theme: "TDSB visit to China October 12 to 25, 2009 Trip sponsored by Qiaoban, the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council of The Peoples Republic."— Presentation transcript:
TDSB visit to China October 12 to 25, 2009 Trip sponsored by Qiaoban, the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council of The Peoples Republic of China.
In the 21st century students will be: Selling to the world - Buying from the world Working for international companies Managing employees from other countries & cultures Competing with people on the other side of the world for jobs and markets Working with people all over the world in joint ventures and global work teams Solving global problems such as AIDS, environmental problems, and resolving conflicts Are we ready?
In the global economy & society of the 21st century, all children will be left behind if their education is not organized with a global context in mind. GOLDMAN SACHS FOUNDATION
MAJOR EVENTS: Symposium on educational opportunities for Canadian Institutions in China at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing. Presentation by TDSB and a speech in Chinese by Trustee Chris Bolton at The World Conference on Chinese Language & Culture Education in Chengdu. Presentation by Qiaoban of a model school award to TDSB Georges Vanier SS International Languages School at the Conference. Georges Vanier SS has 255 students taking Simplified Mandarin and earning credit for their high school graduation. Its elementary division has 522 students in 24 simplified Mandarin classes JK-8. Visit to an inner city elementary school outside Shanghai. Renewal of and amendments to Memorandum of Agreement between Department of Culture and Education, China Overseas Exchange Association and TDSB
POPULATION COMPARISONS: China1.6 BILLION India1.2 BILLION U.S.A.340.0 million Russia141.0 million Canada33.8 million Beijing16.0 million Chengdu12.0 million Shanghai19.0 million G.T.A.2.5 million Sichuan Province (5 th largest)88.0 million Province of Ontario13.1 million
POPULATION COMPARISONS: The populations of Beijing, Chengdu, and Shanghai together are 13.2 million more than the whole country of Canada. The land mass of China and Canada are almost the same. Beijing and Shanghai each have more inhabitants than the Province of Ontario. By 2040 it is projected that India will have the largest population in the world. Chinese are limited to one child per family, India has no such restriction.
AVERAGE SALARY: 3800 Yuan per month = $600/ month. One of our guides and her husband spend 1,600 Yuan per month = $290 for food for two and eating out.
ECONOMIC FACTS: China is now the worlds No. 5 Consumer: China has become the 5th largest market for consumer spending, at $890 Billion, following the U.S., Japan, the U.K. and Germany. The ratio of Chinas personal consumption to GDP is only 36%, half of the U.S. figure and two-thirds of the figures in Europe and Japan, indicating the market still has enormous growth potential.
ECONOMIC FACTS: By 2020, China will become the third-largest consumer market worldwide after the U.S. and Japan, when consumer spending is expected to exceed $2.5 trillion. China became the worlds largest exporter for the first time this year. In 2009 China will become the worlds largest car manufacturer, overtaking the U.S. and Germany.
AMAZING GROWTH: BEIJING No. of cars:4 million No. of bikes:5 million 60 years ago in Beijing there were 49 cars (government cars), and 5 buses. Immense: Toronto & New York Financial districts would fit in one corner of Beijing Financial District. Countless Banks. Roads enormous and modern but still all day traffic jams of cars & bikes. Very modern subway system and more lines planned. Canadian Embassy located here.
AMAZING GROWTH: CHENGDU Chengdu is located in Sichuan Province – the 5th largest province with 88 million inhabitants. Millions of bicycles, mopeds and scooters. The largest Buddha in the world. Panda Sanctuary.
AMAZING GROWTH: SHANGHAI Wall to wall high rise apartment and condo buildings. Amazing architecture Major traffic jams. (A 3 km. trip took 1 hour 20 min.) Most cosmopolitan city. All luxury, high end, stores available like Chanel, Mont Blanc, Cartier, Gucci, Ferragamo etc. Parksons Department store just like Holt Renfrew in size and goods available. Subway expansion of 4 more lines planned. To be completed in 2010 in time for the 2010 World Expo.
AMAZING GROWTH: YANGTZE DELTA AREA Expressways criss-cross the landscape, factories everywhere, in one town, simultaneous construction of 30 high-rise buildings, 20 stories high, 6 apartments per floor, that is about 3,600 apartments at one go, and since grandma and grandpa or other family members are likely to live in and share, perhaps 4 – 6 people per apartment. That is about 18,000 new residents in a matter or 2 or 3 months. Shortage of skilled trades workers.
RAILWAYS: New high speed rail line from Shanghai to Beijing is underway. The aim is to have it ready for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. The MAG_LEV train from Shanghai to the Pudong Airport operates at 431 km/hour. It took 8 minutes to cover 55 kms.
GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS: One child per family. Dog walking restricted to two hours early morning and two hours early evening. Licence fee is $150 per year. U.S./CANADA INFLUENCE: Kentucky Fried Chicken, Starbucks, and MacDonalds all over.
TRADE & EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES BOUNDLESS: MANDARIN CLASSES offered at 67 schools including: Keele St. P.S., Harbord C.I., Central Commerce, George Vanier Secondary School, and Rosedale Heights. ANY INTEREST IN MANDARIN CLASSES IN THE WARD FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS?