Encouraging Parents to Read with Children
To respond to Chinese President Xi Jinping's call to "treasure our families, and attach great importance to promoting family education and good family traditions," Yongchuan (a district in Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality) Culture and Art Center and Yongchuan Women's Federation recently initiated an activity to encourage parents to read with their children. More than 500 children and their parents, from more than 200 families, participated. Xie Guangjuan, who teaches Chinese at Yongchuan's Shangyou Primary School, and Guo Yongmei, who teaches Chinese at Yongchuan Middle School, both of whom are the district's "reading promoters," performed comedies with children, so parents could understand what they should do to help their children "fall in love" with reading.
"Parents should enjoy reading, so their children might develop an interest in reading during their early childhood," said Zhang Xiaohong, President of Yongchuan Women's Federation. She told media the federation would organize more activities, including a competition involving the chanting of classical Chinese literary works and the selection of "Book-loving Families," to promote reading among children and parents. The federation also plans to encourage organizations and families (in Yongchuan) to donate books to impoverished children and left-behind children (whose parents have left home to work elsewhere), Zhang added.