According to data made available by the Italian Ministry of Instruction, the number of children studying Mandarin Chinese is skyrocketing in Italy, surpassing 3,000. This figure, however, takes into account only pupils enrolled in State-run or State-sanctioned schools, excluding everyone taking private lessons and courses. Some of them will be undoubtedly the sons of Chinese immigrants, but there are also Italian pupils.
Chinese classes are offered not only in private schools, but also in State-run ones. For the first time, the Ministry is going to hire teachers of Chinese.