Eight Chinese high schools release civilized campus initiative

By Zhang Jiaqi
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Eight high schools from four Chinese provinces jointly released an initiative on building a civilized campus during an international forum held in Quzhou city of east China's Zhejiang province, on Oct. 11.

Eight high schools from China's four provinces jointly release an initiative on building civilized campus during the International Forum on the Civil Campus held in Quzhou city, east China's Zhejiang province, on Oct. 11, 2019. [Photo by Wang Xiaojun/China.org.cn]


Under the theme of “Civilization lights up the Future”, the forum marked the 37th session of the annual International Exchange Forum on a Civilized Campus.


In 1983, four high schools, Tunxi No. 1 High School in Anhui province, Yushan No. 1 High School in Jiangxi province, Nanping No. 1 High School and Wuyishan No. 1 High School in Hujian province, and Quzhou No. 2 High School in Zhejiang province, held the first session of the forum to discuss teaching philosophies and school management.


Now, with Tin Ka Pin Experimental High School in Anhui province, Shangrao High School in Jiangxi province, Wuyishan No. 1 High School in Fujian province and Quzhou No. 1 High School in Zhejiang province joining, the forum coverage has doubled.


Under the initiative, the eight schools proposed to build stronger leading and teaching teams, strengthen moral education, develop a more civilized campus culture, and improve the overall campus environment.


Now, they already made some efforts and recorded achievements in constructing a civilized campus.


According to Wu Xuanlu, vice Party secretary of Shangrao High School, his school is building a civilized campus with "red culture", "green culture" and ancient culture at its core by setting up classes to promote the revolutionary spirit, offering courses to raise awareness of environmental protection, and popularizing the recitation of literary classics.


Quzhou No. 2 High School, one of the national civilized campuses, is placing great emphasis on innovation-oriented education when developing its campus culture, according to the principal of the school Pan Zhiqiang. As the only development base for innovative talents in the city, the school has already built up a team of innovation composed of teachers and students. The latter have won many awards in national innovation competitions.


"We care about everyone's needs and recognize each other's efforts," Pan said. In recent years, the school has stepped up its efforts to offer better on-campus care to its various faculties and students through efforts such as opening more study rooms, establishing recording studios and biology labs, and holding activities like photo exhibitions.


Quzhou No. 1 High School values cultural education and strives to offer education suitable for every student to develop his or her personality, its principal Xu Yanchang introduced. Founded in 1902, the school now honors a history of 117 years and has cultivated world-renowned alumni such as writer Jin Yong and actress Zhou Xun.


Besides representatives of the eight schools, the international forum also gathered students from over 10 countries studying in the International College of Zhejiang University and Hasseris Gymnasium & IB World School in Denmark. International students from Poland, U.K., Cuba, Indonesia and Denmark introduced campus cultures of schools in their countries.


Shen Haiyan, deputy head of the liaison office of the Central Civilization Office third bureau, said that, as it has expanded its vision to the world over the years, the forum has been able to build platform for the international community to know Chinese schools' progress in building civilized campuses, and creates an opportunity for Chinese schools to learn from excellent schools around the world.


"The construction of civilized campuses cannot be fulfilled within a single day, nor by a single school; it requires schools to work together and draw on each other's experiences," Liao Lijun, deputy secretary of Quzhou Municipal Government, said, adding that in recent years, Quzhou has been devoting itself to building a national civilized city and promoting Confucian culture in its schools.

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