• Short Summary

    A VISNEWS TEAM AT PRESENT VISITING THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA HAS FILMED CHILDREN ATTENDING TWO SCHOOLS IN PEKING.

  • Description

    A VISNEWS TEAM AT PRESENT VISITING THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA HAS FILMED CHILDREN ATTENDING TWO SCHOOLS IN PEKING. THEIR ONE OF THE SCHOOLS VISITED -- THE NO. 7 PRIMARY SCHOOL, FOR CHILDREN OF RAILWAY WORKERS -- CATERS FOR 1,200 CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN SEVEN AND TWELVE. THEY ARE DIVIDED INTO 25 CLASSES.

    CLASSES COVER ARITHMETIC, CHINESE COMPOSITION, WRITING AND DRAWING, WITH SIMPLE NATURAL SCIENCE, GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY FOR OLDER CHILDREN. ALL PUPILS SPEND SEVERAL HOURS A WEEK IN SINGING CLASSES, AND LESSONS ARE INTERSPERSED WITH PHYSICAL TRAINING SESSIONS.

    THE SCHOOL HAS FIFTY TEACHERS. ALL BUT SIX ARE WOMEN. THEY SUPERVISE THE CHILDREN FOR FIVE AND A HALF DAYS A WEEK, INCLUDING HALF A DAY SPENT ON COMMUNITY TASKS -- USUALLY GARDENING FOR THE BOYS AND NEEDLEWORK FOR THE GIRLS.

    THE CHILDREN LIVE IN FLATS NEAR THE SCHOOL, IN AN AREA WHERE EMPLOYEES OF THE STATE RAILWAY ARE HOUSED.

    THE OTHER SCHOOL VISITED BY THE CAMERAMEN WAS THE NO. 6 KINDERGARTEN. NEARLY 200 CHILDREN ARE RESIDENT HERE FROM MONDAY MORNING TO MIDDAY SATURDAY. THEY ARE IN THE CARE OF 36 INSTRUCTORS AND TEACHERS, AS WELL AS A RESIDENT NURSE.

    AGAIN PHYSICAL TRAINING AND HEALTH ARE IMPORTANT PART OF THE LIFE OF THE CHILDREN AT SCHOOL. THE DIET OF EACH CHILD IS CLOSELY WATCHED AND THERE ARE THREE-MONTHLY EXAMINATIONS OF EYES, AND CHECKS ON WEIGHT AND HEIGHT. TWICE A YEAR THERE ARE FULL MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS.

    AGAIN, THE SCHOOL IS MODERN AND WELL EQUIPPED. ALL CLASSROOMS ARE AIR-CONDITIONED. THERE IS EVEN A GAMES ROOM WITH TABLE TENNIS AND TELEVISION SETS.

    THE CHILDREN HERE ARE IN THE YOUNGER GROUP -- BETWEEN THREE AND SIX YEARS OLD. CLASSES INCLUDE NATURE STUDY, BASIC ARITHMETIC, AND MUSIC. EMPHASIS THROUGHOUT IS PLACED ON OBEDIENCE AND MORAL PRINCIPLES.

    GREAT INTEREST IS SHOWN BY THE PARENTS IN THEIR CHILDREN'S PROGRESS AND A TEACHER-PARENT ASSOCIATION MEETS EACH SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA85GOQFN1FQI3BJ0X4GTN5GGD5
    Media URN:
    VLVA85GOQFN1FQI3BJ0X4GTN5GGD5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/11/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:05:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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