CHINA ‘Sunshine Classroom’ program to bring artistic, aesthetic education to children in China's remote areas


‘Sunshine Classroom’ program to bring artistic, aesthetic education to children in China's remote areas

By Shao Jifan | People's Daily app

22:33, December 09, 2020

Photo: The launching ceremony of "Sunshine Classroom." /Liu Haidong

The launching ceremony of “Sunshine Classroom” jointly organized by the China Dancers Association and Beijing Normal University was held in Beijing on Wednesday.

The “Sunshine Classroom” is a public welfare program that will focus on participation in creative dance and strive to create an inclusive and high-quality education model suitable for future teaching. Directed at front-line teachers, this program aims to lead the development of basic art education in China, especially in the central and western regions.

The program will introduce excellent works from the “National Young Dancers Development Plan” into classroom teaching in colleges and universities, with the goal of cultivating high-quality young dancers, and provide students with more opportunities for their future employment.

In addition, more attention will be paid to cultivating a sense of social responsibility in young artists and students, including encouraging them to serve as volunteers.

Meanwhile, the program will also bring art and aesthetic education to the basic education of children in remote areas and make contributions to Chinese dance education.

Photo: Young artists attend the launching ceremony. /Liu Haidong

Artist Yin Shuo, who danced in the Silk Road chapter of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games, said that since many children in remote areas have never learned dancing, dance teachers are faced with the problem of how to teach them, which is exactly the purpose of the "Sunshine Classroom” program. Dance teachers must be trained well for the students they cultivate to perform better, she added.

Choreographer and artist Zhang Yixiang said that children in remote areas have a primitive happiness and motivation for dancing, which in turn can provide different nutrients and opportunities for mature dancers to learn from.

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