Shanquan Youth Public Welfare Development Center works with marginalized children and other vulnerable groups in the western areas and Jiangsu province of China.
It has been 6 days since we came here. After 5 days, we got to learn more about the situation, about the daily life and students here. With the experience from the previous classes, we felt easier having classes on the environment today, and the schedule arrangement seemed more organized. The classroom atmosphere became lively and orderly, and as the students are between first and sixth grades, it was a challenge to cover all of their interests. When the children mishaved, I would raise my voice and ask questions, or play some interesting videos to attract their attention.
After the morning classes, we had a dumpling-making activity that is held once a week. We chatted while making the dumplings in the kitchen. The most amazing thing was that the dumplings made by some boys from fifth and sixth grades were even better than ours. These children may struggle with academics due to various socioeconomic factors that put them at a disadvantage, but their aptitude in performing daily life skills are worth praising.
In the evening, we played a cartoon video -- I Love Grey Wolf -- for the students. The humorous speech and exaggerated performance made them laugh. They enjoyed the video so much that they were reluctant to leave at bedtime, so we played half an hour more.We learned a lot from the children. Apart from the cultural understanding, we still have much to learn and transform.
Original article written by Huijun Wu, translated by Maggie li and edited by Yanyan Zhang
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