Ningxiang county opens sinology training school for children
Children line up for their “presents” at the opening ceremony of Mengxi Group, a sinology training school in Ningxiang county, Changsha, on June 30.
The sinology training school, located at Guanshan, Ningxiang county, is set to open for free to the public on weekends. It plans to invite volunteers to lecture on sinology and traditional etiquette as well as conduct public parenting activities including classics reading, national defense education, scientific popularization and research, and sodality between rural and urban areas.
Ancient Chinese regard a child's entrance to school as one of the most important stages in life. Apart from the four treasures of study -- writing brushes, ink sticks, paper and inkstones -- parents always give children some other meaningful presents.
At the ceremony, children received long scallions and bulbs of garlic that represent intelligence, love for study and preeminence. The children followed their “old master” (the Chinese traditional address for teacher) to read Three Character Classic, “Men at their birth are naturally good. Their natures are much the same; their habits become widely different….” At last, they played filial piety games with Yang Huaibao, the national moral model in filial piety.
Li Rui said, “It is moving to see these three- or four-year-old kids participating in traditional etiquette and filial piety classes so actively.” He noted that the aim of founding the training school is to make up for the lack of traditional culture education in daily study. He also hoped the children could in turn have a positive influence on adults.
Source：Changsha Evening News