CRI-Millennium Confucius Classroom conducted Youth Chinese Test (YCT) at Roots Millennium Education One World Campus in the federal capital, says a press release issued by the organisation on Friday. As many as 15 Chinese language teachers from CRI-Roots Millennium Confucius Classroom supervised the YCT and HSK test with Director of China Radio International (CRI) Confucius Classroom Pakistan Chen Xiang as the head. Some 549studentsfrom 16 different campuses of Roots Millennium Schools nationwide appeared in the test. The HSK and YCT is an international standard test for Chinese language proficiency held by the Hanban Confucius Institute Headquarters, China. The YCT was launched by Hanban in an effort to assess non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily and academic lives. The YCT and HSK certification is granted based on the level of test taken and passing grades of students. The HSK certification opens the doors for many scholarship and summer camp applications. Roots Millennium Education being a registered test center for YCT and HSK hosted the international examination wherein as many as445 YCT and 104 HSK students took part. The test is held three times in Pakistan and around the world, organized by Confucius Institutes Headquarters in more than 300 countries like US, UK, France and Germany. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Executive and Founder Roots Millennium Chinese Language Department Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq said, “The youth on both sides of the border is an untapped resource that needs to be utilized in the 21st century by eliminating the language barrier. This driving force will be responsible for growth and development of our nations and region.” Manager Foreign Languages Mona Kanwal said understanding and proficiency in any foreign language needs time and Chinese is no exception. “We motivate students to learn Mandarin Chinese language and explore China through summer and winter camps organized by Hanban Confucius Institute Headquarters, China,” she said. Some 9,500 students of Roots Millennium Education are learning Chinese language on full-time basis as part of the mandatory school curriculum from Grade-1 to Grade-8 with the support of Chinese language foreign faculty.