Hutt Valley-China Program

Friendship between Rotary District 9940 and the Chinese Association for International Understanding (CAFIU) began over 20 years ago in 1985.

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About the project

In 2014 CAFIU leaders introduced Rotary Hutt Valley delegates to Party Leaders and the Education Department in Miyun District – an area with around 500,000 people that specialises in IT innovation and horticulture approx 70 kms north east of Beijing. In mid-2015, following an invitation by Rotary Hutt Valley, a very successful pilot visit of 4 teachers from Miyun District to Hutt Valley schools was held. This resulted in plans to establish regular reciprocal exchanges between the two countries.

In 2017 four New Zealand teachers from the Hutt Valley visited Miyun District at the invitation of the Miyun District Education Committee.


  • To enable classroom teachers to gain new skills, experiences and professional understandings by visiting different schools and co-teaching with fellow professionals in a different cultural setting.

  • To share new pedagogical practices, experiences and resources which encourage ‘deeper learning’ in students.

  • To observe the use and integration of technology in learning and teaching programmes.

  • To enhance the English/Mandarin skills of exchange teachers.

  • To foster goodwill and cross cultural understandings – fellowship, co-operation and cultural understanding between Chinese teachers/educationalists and New Zealand teachers/educationalists.

  • To encourage students in partner schools to develop their future focus and awareness of China/NZ relations in an expanding global economy