Mixing pleasure with work is something that all wish to do. 29 school leaders from across the country did just that in a recent visit to China –B.S.N. Murthy
The visit to China was not just to explore the culture and heritage of China, arguably one of the oldest nations, but to also acquaint with the changes in the educational front. Twenty-nine school leaders embarked on a nine-day trip.
One of the most enriching experiences was the visit to Shengen, the new IT city of China. Interacting with robots and getting to know hands on about the consumer humanoid robots was an out of the world experience. UBTECH is a global leading Artificial Intelligence and the humanoid robotic company that has successfully developed consumer humanoid robots, robots for business use and Jimu robot after breakthroughs made in digital servos, the core part of humanoid robots.
All the school heads had a good interaction with the robots and the company executives gave a presentation on their products & how Robotics could become a part of the school curriculum.
Another feature that struck a chord with the team was the colourful and well-designed classrooms with all amenities like a music room, library & play areas. It opened new vistas and school leaders made note of several aspects. Many want to replicate the ideas in their respective schools in India. The meeting with Neil Bunting, who has been contributing for Brainfeed magazine, was invigorating and the exchanges on curriculum, teaching methods and the latest developments in the area of pedagogy with Luka Liu, director the school was most interesting.
It was not just robots and curriculum, a visit to Shunde
- Foshan furniture factories in Foshan, Guangdong Province threw open a new world. The sheer size and variety of school furniture at the largest furniture wholesale market was an eye-opener. It covers a total area of approximately 32.3 million square feet and it includes more than 200 modern furniture sales buildings, it extends to more than 5 km and is arranged by 12 rows and 20 streets. There are over 3,300 domestic and foreign furniture dealers and more than 1,500 furniture manufacturers. Jointly they display over 20,000 types of furniture and are best in the world for school furniture.
Furniture is 25 per cent cheaper
The wholesale market has three varieties of furniture catering to European, the Middle East and Asian region and the variety in design, safety aspect, especially for young children and ergonomics, is taken care. As far as pricing is concerned, it is 25 per cent cheaper when compared to the school furniture in India. Several school managements booked furniture in China.
The nine-day trip also included sightseeing that included trips to the historic Tiananmen Square, the former Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty during the period 1420 to 1912, it now houses the Palace Museum, rickshaw tour to the typical Hutong, a village with typical ancient culture depicting Chinese culture, lakes, gardens and palaces in Beijing, The Great Wall of China, Temple of Heaven-an imperial complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest, watching the most exciting Kung Fu show in the world at the Red Theatre.