Sister School Agreement
Agreement on Sino-US Friendship Sister School
Party A: Ziyun High School, Tanggu, Tainjin, China
Party B; Delano Public School, Delano, Minnesota, U.S.A.
WHEREAS, schools in Tanngu, China and Delano, Minnesota, USA have had an ongoing relationship since 1994; and
WHEREAS, an Agreement on Sino-US Friendship Sister School was agreed to in March, 2005; and
WHEREAS, teachers and students from Tanngu, China visited Delano Public Schools, Minnesota, USA in February 2006 for the first time; and
WHEREAS, this visit gives added encouragement to the possibilities of an enhanced relationship that can be mutually beneficial to Tanngu, China and Delano Public Schools, Delano Minnesota, USA;
Parties A and B achieved agreement on project of “Sino-US Friendship Sister School”. The project, led by China Educational Administration, should obey the laws and regulations of China and follow the directions of China International Exchange Association of Education.
I. Based on mutual trust and sincere cooperation, exchange visits between teachers and students of the two schools will be organized in regular times annually. The two parties are available to take part in significant activities, such as both schools’ anniversaries, etc.
II. During the period of exchange visits, the reception party should undertake all the expense and cost of the visiting school (including: boarding, drink and food, tour, etc) and the visiting school should pay the airplane tickets.
III. Both parties agree to explore the opportunity of creating a student exchange program, with an initiation date for the 2006-2007 school year. The exchange between students would be mutually agreed upon by both parties, but would be long enough for the student to become immersed in the culture. A time period of four weeks has been discussed as an option.
IV. Both parties agree to explore the opportunity of creating a teacher exchange program, with an initiation date for the 2006-2007 school year. The exchange program between teachers would be mutually agreed upon by both parties, but would be long enough for the teacher to become immersed in the culture. A time period of four weeks has been discussed as an option.
V. Both parties agree to explore the opportunity of an idea exchange program via a “webcam” or other telecommunications device, with an initiation date for the 2006-2007 school year. The purpose of this program is to create a live exchange of ideas between teachers and students of our two schools. Additionally, it would provide an opportunity for those students and teachers who are a part of the exchange program to begin to become acquainted with one another, thus enriching the experience for both parties.
VI. Both parties agree to explore the possibility of business internships for students. Students would be allowed to work, as an intern in a business for a period of time, not to exceed four weeks. Again, the location, and length of internship would be mutually agreed upon. A timeline for the 2007-2008 school year will be established for this part of the agreement to occur.
VII. Both parties agree to evaluate the possibility of a summer and or winter language camp to assist students with the development of language skills. Upon our arrival, we will define the parameters for which this could exist and be developed in a manner that would be mutually beneficial for both parties. A timeline for the 2007-2008 school year will be established for this part of the agreement to occur.
VIII. Both parties should negotiate other articles related to the Agreement and the signing of this Agreement will allow for further negotiations to take place.
IX. The Agreement is valid without time limitation.
X. Any amendment should be decided after the two parties have conferred with each other.
XI. The Agreement becomes effective when signed by representatives of Parties A and B.
XII. The Agreement is written in Chinese and English, copies in quadruplicate and all equally binding. Each Party holds two copies.