Over 40 families from across the country gathered at China National Museum of Women and Children in Beijing on July 25 for a summer camp on the theme of parent-child reading.
The event was jointly organized by the Department of Family and Children's Affairs of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) and China Children's Center.
Deng Li, vice-president and member of the Secretariat of the ACWF, attended the ceremony and announced the start of the camp.
Officials from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and TV (SAPPRFT) and the Central Commission for Guiding Cultural and Ethical Progress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) also attended the event.
Participating families from 15 provinces, regions or municipalities received gifts of children's books presented by officials and joined various activities.
National Parent-Child Reading Campaign
The initiative was held as part of a national campaign focusing on the same theme carried out by the ACWF and SAPPRFT.
This year, the campaign aimed to fully implement President Xi Jinping's keynote remarks about households, family education and positive virtues; and, act in line with the strategic plan by the CPC Central Committee and the State Council.
Moreover, organizers hoped this national activity could promote positive family virtues; spread scientific knowledge on family education; and, foster good reading habits among children.
So far, the campaign has gained huge popularity among nationwide households and women's federations at different levels.
In addition to parent-child reading and summer camps, organizations carried out various kinds of initiatives for youngsters during the summer. They also underscored the importance of the combination of reading and traveling among families.
Parent-Child Reading Summer Camp
The campaign's ambassador Xu Ying, who also serves as a researcher from Academy of Opto-Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, elucidated the significance and approaches of reading in her lecture on the topic of reading and science.
China's renowned reciting performer Tao Lanqin, who is also an expert in storytelling, read a passage with participating families.
The camp further highlighted the themes of parent-child reading and the combination of reading and traveling.
Participants were later led to visit the capital's many places, including the National Museum of China, China Aerospace Museum, Palace Museum, China National Museum of Women and Children and China Children's Center.
The wide variety of activities would enable participants to enjoy reading; spread advanced ideas on family education; and boost parent-child relationships, said organizers.
(Source: Women Voice/Translated and edited by Women of China)