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Education to Create Links: A Case Study of the Waterschool China Programme


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Education to Create Links: A Case Study of the Waterschool China Programme
Ms. Lu Wan, RCE Greater Shangri-La
Asia-Pacific Regional RCE Meeting 2018
25-27 September, 2018, Parramatta (Sydney), Australia

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Education to Create Links: A Case Study of the Waterschool China Programme

  1. 1. Education to create connections: a case study from the Waterschool China Programme Wan Lu, RCE Greater Shangri-la Sep 26th 2018
  2. 2. 《大学》 The Great Learning “the way of great learning consists of manifesting one's bright virtue, consists of loving the people and consists of stopping in perfect goodness.”
  3. 3. 《大学》 The Great Learning ---- 8 Beacons 1. 格物| Ge wu Investigation of things 2. 致知| Zhi zhi Extension of knowledge 3. 诚意| Cheng yi Make our wills sincere 4. 正心| Zheng xin Correct our minds (maintain a true heart and get away with evil thinking) 5. 修身|Xiu shen Cultivate ourselves (develop our own self, thinking and behavior) Knowledge and Skills – Conscious level Attitude and Values – Conscious and Unconscious level
  4. 4. Spiritual growth-change of mindset Wheel of Life Greed, Anger and Ignorance Generosity, Compassion and Wisdom Life is unpredictable, Samsara (Reincarnation)
  5. 5. 《大学》 The Great Learning ---- 8 Beacons 6. 齐家| Qi jia Harmonize our own clan (keep the family and community in a harmonious environment with proper respect to individual members) 7. 治国| Zhi guo Govern well the states (rule the country peacefully with education and good governmental policies) 8. 平天下| Ping tian xia Manifest their bright virtue to all in the world (When the country is well governed, there will be peace throughout the land) Different levels of connections
  6. 6. “At the heart of this image is a world affirming, relational spirituality that invites us to identify ourselves with and extend our sympathy and compassion to all peoples and to all living beings and to share responsibility for the future of our world.” Steven Rockefeller, 2009 Self Community Society Rest of Nature
  7. 7. Relationship with others • Compassion • Co-operation • Non-violence and peace Relationship with the rest of nature • Longevity of mountain, water, forest, rocks animals and people • Compassion for community of life and nature
  8. 8. Connection
  9. 9. Is classroom a place for connections or a stage for students to play the role of what they are expected?
  10. 10. Rebuilding connections in teaching through: Link with traditional culture Link with real life Link with family & community Link with other communities Link with the rest of nature
  11. 11. Waterschool China Programme 4 watersheds Yangzte River , Yarlung Tsampo, Pearl River and The Hai River 14 Provinces Sichuan, Yunnan, Qinghai, Hebei, Shanghai, Guangdong, Beijing, Tibet, Jiangxi, Guangxi, Chongqing, Hubei, and Hunan 12 Regional Coordination Centers based in universities 102 schools
  12. 12. The Story of Baiyang School
  13. 13. The Story of Baiyang School
  14. 14. “The vast majority of villagers have difficulty in literacy which force us to do investigation orally. But finally we found that although chatting with villagers reduces efficiency, our connection with villagers and community has deepened, we learnt a lot more in this harmonious communication.” ---- Student from Baiyang School The Story of Baiyang School
  15. 15. Link with traditional culture: relink with roots of their traditions, finding beauty and wisdom from their traditional cultural to build self-confidence and cultural identity Link with real life: real-world problems, global problems and how they link with the problems of their communities. water pollution, garbage management, water saving Link with family and community: community service through education Link with other communities : respect cultural diversity, exchange visits, online sharing, learn from counterparts in different watersheds Link with nature: adopting the mother river, learning in nature, discover the stories of rivers
  16. 16. Thank you!