A donation ceremony for an olive tree from Italy was held at Shanghai Caoyang No. 2 Middle School on October 15. Wang Jue, deputy director of Putuo District; Hu Jun, chief of the Putuo District Education Bureau; Michele Cecchi, consul general of Italy in Shanghai; as well as Roberto Pagani, counselor for scientific and technological affairs; and Alberto Manai, director of the culture section at the consulate, attended the ceremony.
Speaking at the ceremony, consul general Cecchi revealed that the olive tree was the first plant donated by Italy to Shanghai. The donation is included in the official schedule of the "Italy 2020 Sustainability Festival,” which aims to raise awareness about reducing carbon dioxide emissions and global warming, and convey the confidence of the world to jointly cope with the challenges of climate change.
Zhou Fei, headmaster of Shanghai Caoyang No. 2 Middle School, expressed gratitude to the Italian consulate for donating the national tree of Italy to the school, and hoped that the students of the school will grow up like the olive tree under care for a promising future.
Putuo District Education Bureau chief Hu reviewed the rich friendship between China and Italy, and called for more investment from Italy to Putuo’s education sector while conducting educational exchanges. Putuo deputy director Wang planted the olive tree along with the Italian officials and set up a plate beside the tree to conclude the ceremony.
In 2014, Shanghai Caoyang No. 2 Middle School launched the Italian language class in the curriculum and set up an Italian class with the support of the district government and Tongji University, making the school the first to have an Italian course in China. The students in the Italian class can learn English and Italian and choose to study at colleges in China or Italy after graduation. The school has signed cooperation agreements with University of Pisa and University of Bologna. A total of 32 students have graduated from the Italian class in four years; 24 of them going to Italy for further studies.