Xingzhi Migrant Art School is a non-profit organization that offers art lessons for the children of migrant workers who otherwise would not have this opportunity. This update was written by Director Gu, the founder of and a teacher at the Art School in Beijing.
Respectable staff of Transparent Fish,
All teachers and students of Xingzhi Migrant Art School thank you so much for your support. So far, 65 persons have benefited from your support. Through training, the children have achieved a lot in graphic designs and English, which reached our goals.
Xingzhi Migrant Art School was set up in March of 2007. 300 persons have been trained, who are children from migrant families. With 7 years’ efforts, Teacher Gu gave training for the children for free. They grew up to skillful and confident juveniles. Some of them had never held a paintbrush before, not even art class. Now they could create realism works on their own, such as 100-meter long mural painting, decoration design and home design.
During the period, Teacher Gu met financial difficulties. TFish gave a great deal of support so that English and graphic design courses could be going smoothly, which created opportunities to students and removed heavy burdens from Teacher Gu.
It has been 10 months since the course being implemented. The students could say something simple with English. I still remember we could not even say or write 26 alphabets at the beginning. Then we found a lot of fun during study. We worked really hard to learn, because we want to introduce our works to foreign friends. We still want to introduce our school, our teaching ideas and help more migrant children. Now we tend to greet each with English when we meet. Though we are not fluent in speaking English, we would like to practice. Graphic design lessons are had with computers sometimes. We do not have enough computers for everyone, so we crowded around a few computers and learned by watching. In spite of this, our interest in graphic design has not been reduced. Teacher Gu asked us to cherish our opportunities to learn, no matter it is English or graphic design. If we develop comprehensively, we can serve the society better in the future and then are able to change our fates.
We still have some weakness in project implementation, but we will try our best. We hope to have more instructions from Mr. Zhao and Mrs. Zhao and support from TFish.
Teacher Gu and all students wish good health and all best of Mr. and Mrs. Zhao, and a bright future of TFish.
Original article written by Xiaochen Gu, translated by Maggie Li, Edited by Yanyan Zhang
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