Supplementary Schools in Manchester
There are 6 supplementary Sunday Chinese schools located in Greater Manchester, offering out-
Cantonese Chinese supplementary schools first appeared in Manchester in the 1970s. The schools helped children to learn English and Cantonese in order to develop skills to be restaurant owners or to gain work in the catering business.
The schools originally used rooms in Chinatown‘s restaurants and pupils became known as ‘Chop Suey House’ children. The oldest schools are the North West Chinese Language Centre established by Wan Shuk Hei (1976) and currently chaired by Wang Leong Ning and Loi Sing Ho, with Principal Raymond Chiu; and the Chinese Education Culture & Community Centre Chinese School, founded in 1979 by Loret Lee, now Chaired by Tyze Li MBE.
By the 1990s, Mandarin, the language of most of mainland China language had become an important part of supplementary school education.
The United Kingdom Chinese Education Foundation was founded in Manchester in 2005 to promote the work of supplementary schools.
Chinese Overseas Scholars and Students
Manchester has one of the largest Chinese student populations in the country and this can be seen around Oxford Road, where the campuses of MMU and the University of Manchester are located. The Chinese Students Union at the University of Manchester dates from 1962.