Ling Feng Migrant Workers' Children School is located in the Hong Tang area of Jiangbei District, Ningbo. It is a migrant-specific school that offers the nine-year compulsory education programme set in place by the government to children with special needs, helping them to integrate into their local communities. Currently, the school has 1,575 students and 62 teachers.
China’s roaring economic growth has led to a boom in its migrant worker population, which has become the country’s social focal point in recent years. Most of the migrant workers’ children are denied access to primary education in their host communities due to China’s Hukou system. Unlike the public schools, Ling Feng Migrant Workers' Children School faces a number of challenges including under-trained teachers, safety issues and outdated curriculum because of limited resources.
To help, Shangri-La Hotel, Ningbo, is sponsoring regular English classes led by expatriates and the staff of English Lab. These classes are helping to increase English fluency throughout the school. Although the local government has made considerable efforts to improve the school's conditions, they still lags behind Ningbo’s public schools, especially in the area of English. Due to limited teaching resources, Ling Feng Migrant Workers’ Children School doesn’t make English a compulsory subject during primary education as public schools do, causing its students to fall behind. Even though students who are interested in English can learn the language from optional classes twice per week, they still have poor listening and speaking abilities. Shangri-La Hotel, Ningbo’s public service classes bring expatriate colleagues with interactive teaching methods to the students with the aim of increasing English proficiency within the school. The English classes have motivated the children to speak English through dialogue role play, interesting games, English songs and the discussion of fun topics.
Moreover, Mr. Chai, the basketball coach of Ningbo Dahongying College, was appointed by Shangri-la Hotel Ningbo as Ling Feng Migrant Workers' Children School's basketball team coach in September 2016. Due to a lack of professional teachers, the school had been looking for public support to help with the basketball team, because it has the capacity to improve physical health and teaches social skills. Shangri-La Hotel, Ningbo, is actively helping the school achieve its aspiration of establishing a school basketball team. We believe that school-based sports programmes will bring out noticeable positive changes in the behaviour of the students.
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