Qidong, facing the Yellow Sea, is crowned the “hometown of grains and cotton and land of abundance and happiness on China’s eastern border”. Qidong has received long-term support from the Fortune 500 e-commerce giant Suning. As early as in 2015, at the full funding by Suning, two Adream Centers landed in Qidong Binhai Experimental School, marking the first Adream Center in Qidong. According to Kaixuan Zhao, Director General of Qidong Education Bureau, Qidong is home to 59 Adream Centers. It’s only natural for Qidong to serves as the destination of significance for the nation-wide tour of “Suning Adream Caravan”.
At the school, students presented to the caravan staff an eight-meter long painting, depicting their imaginary caravan with splendid colors. In the painting, children’s imagination ran wild as they painted scenes in which they were travelling afar in the world on the caravan, riding a horse with it and somersaulting in outer-space with countless balloons and birds.
Jianhua Lu was the teacher helping children accomplish this painting. When they learned that “Suning Adream Caravan” was about to come to school, after discussion with students, they decided to draw a caravan to express their excitement. Then 13 children sat together to start their creative process. They painted their interpretation of a beautiful life with scenes like helping the elderly and playing with friends on the shape of a caravan. Teacher Lu said: “children expressed their true yearnings and love for the caravan through the painting, despite their limited skills.”
Fourth grader Chen Shi just experienced a VR class with his classmates. He exclaimed: “I was just about to fall off a cliff. So real!” Xiaonan Wang, his classmate told the reporter, the VR class can take you anywhere, “it’s much more interesting than having a sit-in class. I hope the caravan can visit our school as often as possible.”
The volunteer teacher on the caravan also brought students classes of programming, first-aid, understanding the world, mind mapping and a whole range of explorative and activity-filled Competency-based Education programs.
Qidong marked the successful conclusion of the 2018 Adream Caravan Competency-based Education journey along the border regions across China. A Suning Charity worker summarized this amazing journey in the following words: After travelling along 30,000 kilometers of border lines, covering14 cities in seven provinces, from northeastern Heilongjiang to Inner-Mongolian prairie in the north, from the northwestern border Xinjiang to the spectacular Tibetan plateau, from Yunan, Fujian and finally Qidong, Jiangsu Province, “Suning Adream Caravan” brought the fascinating Adream curriculum and the power to explore dreams and the future to more than 5000 students in remote regions across China.
By far, after passing through 58 cities in 18 provinces in four years, the Adream caravan has covered a total mileage of 100,000 kilometers and has received more than 100,000 students on board, spreading sparks of Competency-based Education across the nation.
For the past 28 years since its founding, Suning has always attached great importance to education charity and children’s education. In the future, Suning will continue to leverage its business strengths to serve the charity cause.
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