President Xi Jinping on Monday extended festive greetings to children across China ahead of International Children's Day, which falls on June 1.
When writing back to members of the Chinese Young Pioneers (CYP) at a primary school in east China's Jiangsu Province on Sunday, Xi, urged them to learn the Party's history and to have firm faith in following the Party from a young age.
In the past years, Xi has visited primary and secondary schools. Here are some stories about Xi putting children's development in a prominent position.
With COVID-19 basically under control domestically, Xi emphasized the importance of reopening schools at a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on April 29, 2020. He urged schools to assume primary responsibilities and ensure the physical and mental health of teachers and students.
One week earlier, Xi visited Central Primary School in Pingli county of Ankang city during an inspection tour of Shaanxi Province.
The fourth- to sixth-graders already resumed classes on April 20, the day before Xi's visit.
Walking into the classrooms, Xi was greeted by the students. He asked about their study and life.
"Now eyeglasses have become common among students, which is one of my growing concerns," Xi said.
"Besides, due to lack of physical exercise, students' physical fitness has also declined. One should be cultured in spirit and wild in bodies. By 'wild,' I mean physical fitness."
Xi then inspected virus prevention and control work in the school canteen, urging staff members to strengthen disinfection of key places in the school to provide a safe environment for resumption of classes.
Replying to letters
"Hello! I've received your letter. Your colored paintings are really lovely and your words are very sincere, which vividly presents the beautiful hearts of the children," Xi wrote.
"At a young age, you already know that the motherland is Macao's strong backer. I am so glad about it."
Xi extended the greetings in a letter dated May 31, 2019 to primary school pupils in Macao in response to their letter.
Xi always replies to children’s letters before International Children’s Day. Apart from greetings, he encourages children to love the motherland and people of the country.
In a letter dated May 30, 2018, Xi replied to students at Beiliang Red Army Primary School in Zhaojin county, Tongchuan, Northwest China's Shaanxi Province.
He encouraged students to cherish time and study hard with a grateful heart, and to grow into a useful person for the country, the people and the society.
On May 30, 2016, Xi replied to a letter from 12 pupils based in Taizhou, Zhejiang Province, who were also the grandchildren of people who cultivated the uninhabited Dachen Islands in the 1950s.
Xi hoped they would learn from their grandparents, love the CPC, the motherland and the people, and contribute to the Chinese Dream of the Great Rejuvenation of the Chinese Nation.
On April 8, 2019, Xi participated in a voluntary tree planting activity with primary school Young Pioneers in Yongshun town, Tongzhou district, Beijing.
The Young Pioneers is a mass organization for children aged 6-14 run by the Communist Youth League, a Communist Party of China organization for older youth.
While planting trees, he asked the Young Pioneers around him about their study, life and physical exercises, telling them to develop a sense of caring for nature and protecting the environment, and to build their motherland into a more beautiful place with their own hands.
Xi also wished them to thrive like saplings.
Xi and Young Pioneer volunteers planted trees annually 2013-2019 and also 2021. There's a Chinese saying, "It takes 10 years to grow trees but a hundred years to rear people."
At the opening of the 19th Meeting of the Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the 14th Meeting of the Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) on May 28, 2018, Xi said in a speech, "Numerous children in China dream of becoming a scientist. We should make science an appealing career for the young."
He encouraged the young to explore scientific research.
On September 9, 2016, Xi revisited Beijing Bayi School, where he spent his primary and junior high school years.
In the science lab, he listened to an introduction to a small satellite developed by the faculty, students and China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
On December 24, 2016, Xi wrote back to the Bayi students, noting that the satellite should shine like a morning star and constantly inspire the younger generation’s enthusiasm for scientific progress.
Four days after Xi’s reply, the experimental satellite was launched from Taiyuan satellite launch base in North China's Shanxi Province, entered orbit and sent back signals.
(Translated by Liu Tongshan, edited by Dong Feng)