BEIJING, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On May 11, 2013, the "Blue Bird Seed" project of China Charities Aid Foundation for Children (CCAFC) led a public welfare round-table summit at the Beijing Yulong International Hotel with the mission of discussing and promoting legislation of a half-day holiday for Children's Day, as well as exploring issues such as parents being able to accompany their child during the holiday. More than 10 representatives attended, including popular children's program host Ju Ping, Deputy Director General of CCAFC Li Qimin, official representative Jiang Jiwei, Fujian province NPC member Li Zhenhui, legal experts Liu Huili and Xia Zhize, public welfare organization representatives Li Xinmin and Wu Yin, school representative Gao Junmei, family education expert Niu Lin, humanics expert Liu Shibo, and psychologist Huang Xiaomei. The event was co-sponsored by Frog Prince ( China) Daily Chemicals. Planning, organization, and implementation of the summit were handled by Guangzhou Hexiang Brand Management Company.
A half-day holiday on Children's Day is good for children's growth
The 64 th Anniversary of China's first celebration of International Children's Day will come in a little more than 10 days. As we all know, a favorable family environment and time spent with one's parents are positive actions for the healthy growth of a child's mind and body. To achieve this goal, we need proactive engagement of the parents and other family members, as well as a harmonious environment across the whole of society, the government, educational institutions, and all organizations. Children's Day, which was originally set up with the healthy and happy growth of all children in mind, is a matter of great importance.
Li Qimin, deputy secretary general of the China National Committee for the Wellbeing of Youth and vice president of the China Charities Aid Foundation for Children, said at the summit that the Children's Day holiday should not only be for kids, but also a time of celebration for their parents. "Giving parents a half-day holiday is likely to strengthen the bond between children and their parents, which, in turn, will help promote an all-around healthy development of the children." As for the variety of events organized for children on the day, Li said, "Children are gathered to passively participate in many activities, which is not in the best interest of their balanced and healthy growth. If they show high engagement in their participation, their interpersonal skills, their ability to deal with day-to-day situations, their lifestyle, and even the ability to protect themselves will be improved." Beijing Wangjing Nanhu Dongyuan Elementary School president Gao Junmei agreed with the above view. In a survey of what kind of activities children like best on Children's Day conducted by Gao in her school, most responders selected physical competitions and visiting a museum, while very few chose to watch an artistic or theatrical performance. The reason is that children are more willing to be part of the activities rather than just an onlooker, forming their own values in the participation. As a result, participatory activities should be mandated during the holiday as children can build their characters and form their habits including life values through taking part in a series of activities as they grow up. However, one important thing to remember is that the activities should be those that are most conductive to children's growth as well as ones that children themselves choose to be a part of.