On the 12th August 2018 in Shanghai, 18 volunteers from Infor dedicated their Sunday to transforming three recently refurbished rooms into fun, bright and vibrant classroom environments.
Without the same level of funding as public schools, private schools in China are often in much more poor, and sometimes hazardous, conditions, sparingly equipped with facilities and they also have a higher ratio of students to teachers. Despite this, they are the primary choice of migrant families as many may lack financial resources and/or the required documents (e.g. permanent urban residency) to enrol their children in public institutions.
Located in the Jiading District of Shanghai, Jiangqiao Art Kindergarten is an example of one such private school. The school is attended by 278 local children and originally was in less than desirable condition. The rooms were paved with dark tiles which were prone to becoming slippery when wet and the limited space meant the constant need for rearranging beds and tables had also badly damaged the floor. Additionally, there were apparent issues with mould and damp on the walls and ceilings.
As part of Habitat’s Campus Refurbishment Project (addressing urgent space reformations for schools of migrant workers in the greater Shanghai area), dramatic renovations were undertaken this summer. Floors were stripped and replaced with new wooden panels, walls repainted, and ceilings repaired. Two classrooms were combined into one to create a larger, brighter, more comfortable learning space. In the space of just under one month, the rooms have been totally transformed.
On August 12th, a team of Infor volunteers, friends and family joined forces to add some finishing touches to the space. After a day of carefully measuring, sketching and painting, scenes of animals, ballerinas and cute cartoon characters now adorn the classroom walls. We hope the children at Jiangqiao Art School love their vibrant, new setting. Habitat will continue to work in collaboration with others to ensure that every child not only has a safe environment in which to live, but also one in which to learn.