SAW goes to China
Bo Wang from the Reenway Group in Shanghai learned of the work of the SAW Trust and immediately saw the benefits that a programme like this could bring to Chinese children. In December 2012 we were invited by the Tianyang Foundation and the Xuhui Education Bureau to visit Shanghai to launch SAW China! This is the beginning of a very exciting partnership that will enable teachers and children to develop their creativity using the SAW philosophy and will also enable SAW to evolve to suit the Chinese culture.
We were treated to a fabulous opening ceremony with singing and dance performances before leaders from the partner organisations talked of their hopes for the collaboration and for the future.
A training workshop enabled teachers and volunteers to explore SAW techniques and begin experimenting with how SAW could be used in their classrooms. Bo Wang was accompanied by others from her company who are keen to work with schools through SAW as volunteers.
“SAW Project has a great impact on traditional Chinese education philosophy. It gives an innovative approach to young children, teachers and parents in understanding science, art and writing. As a volunteer, I enjoyed it with the students very much.”
Bo Wang from the Reenway Group in Shanghai
The workshop participants then had the opportunity to observe a mini SAW project with 5 year-old children at Wunan Kindergarten, on the theme of water.
Following our visit, SAW training materials are being translated into Chinese and a focus group of teachers at Wunan Kindergarten are experimenting with the SAW methodology. Teachers will be invited from across Xuhui district to work with Wunan to learn the SAW philosophy and disseminate SAW practise to other schools.