Luohu hosts home education conference

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The 2019 Home Education Academic Annual Conference was held in Luohu Oct. 26-27. 

More than 600 researchers, educators and experts in home education took part in the meeting that adopted a theme of patriotism and children’s growth and discussed the history, status quo and future of the cause. 

On the sideline of the conference, a seminar on education reform and home education in Luohu was also held. 

The hosts and organizers of event included the Commission for Social and Legal Affairs of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), The Chinese Society of Education (CSE), Luohu District People’s Government, Shenzhen Education Bureau, Commission of Home Education of the CSE, and the Luohu District Education Bureau.  

Speakers at the opening ceremony included Shen Deyong, head of the Commission for Social and Legal Affairs, Zhang Dongyan, deputy secretary-general of the CSE, Wang Weidong, executive deputy director of the Office for Women and Children Work of the State Council, and Liu Zhiyong, district major of the Luohu district government. 

Shen Deyong said that, although much work has been done, home education still had a long way to go. Families should strengthen their subject responsibility in home education, and the authorities and schools should try to create a favorable environment entailing joint efforts of all relevant parties, so as to make home an important foothold for national development and social progress. 

Zhang Yandong said a key aim of home education should be to develop children’s sense of values, and sow patriotism in their hearts. Children should also be encouraged to develop attributes of personal and public morality that would be crucial for their whole life.  

Wang Weiguo said laws, systems and rules promoting home education were necessary, and schools and the society should collaborate with families in developing them. Parents should also be educated through various means to improve their ability to fulfill their duties in providing home education. 

Liu Zhiyong said this was not only a concern of children and parents, but also the society and the country as a whole, and it is hoped the conference could provide fresh thinking and vitality on ways to advance home education.  

The other distinguished guests, researchers and experts took part in discussions of the main topics during the two-day meeting. 

Luohu has always attached importance to promoting home education. It has founded 13 pilot schools and cultivated 320 tutors and nearly 2,000 volunteers for home education. More than 2,400 lectures and activities promoting the cause have been held in recent years in the district, attracting more than 30,000 participants. 

Experts believed the conference would help further deepen Luohu’s home education and school education reform, and they hope the district could produce some experience and models of promoting home education that can be rolled out elsewhere in the country.

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