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Yesterday morning (6/22), Humaneness 101 successfully organized its first formal informational session in the Hefei City Library in Anhui, China. Ivy, the founder of Humaneness 101 and Kent (Peng Song), a teaching assistant of the upcoming Humaneness 101 summer camp, explained the mission and value of Humane Education and shared their own experience and thoughts with the audience. A lot of parents, children and educators attended the event to learn about Humane Education.
The presentation began by Ivy introducing the development of Humane Education (HE) and its phenomenal impact. She guided the audience through popular HE activities “What Will You Say” and “True Price” to understand that the problems we face are inter-connected, so the solutions must be inter-connected as well. Ivy explained the importance of realizing the interconnectedness of living beings including humans, animals and the environment. Once we realize the power and consequences of our actions, we can begin to do the Most Good and the Least Harm (MOGO).
We then screened the video “Hear Our Voices” recorded by the founding team of Humaneness 101. Ivy told the story of Humaneness 101 from when she decided to found it and bring HE to China, to our experience of teaching at Woodstock Elementary School.
As this session came close to its end, Kent told the audience about his story of growing up, what he had seen and thought about, and suggestions on how could students find their positions. His sharing of story was very sincere and inspiring.
After the event, many parents and teachers stayed and expressed their support for and interest in the work that Humaneness 101 is doing. The director of readers’ activities at the City Library, Kang Zhao, said that,
“I can’t help recommending the Humaneness 101 summer camp to people though parents and students are generally more eager to take various summer courses for school work . This camp is much worthy of attending than those summer schools. It leads children to become more foresighted and empathetic, and helps them to find their values.”
We truly hope that Humaneness 101 could become a bridge between humanities and science, feeling and thinking, learning and applying, as well as schools and the global society.
Here are some images from the PowerPoint used in the presentation (click to enlarge):