In order to promote the balanced development of education, on the morning of January 8, Songshan Lake Functional Area held a signing and plaque-awarding event with education groups. Songshan Lake Wuhen Education Group signed contracts with Dalingshan No. 3 Primary School and Songshan Lake Hengli Experimental School; Songshan Lake Experimental Middle School Education Group signed contracts with Dongkeng Middle School and Songshan Lake Central Primary School Group signed contracts with Jiangnan Primary School.
This event was attended by Du Runjiang, Director of Dongguan Education Bureau, Zeng Li, Member of Songshan Lake Party Working Committee and Deputy Director of Administrative Committee, Xia Jianzhong, Member of Hengli Town Committee, Li Rongxin, Member of Dalingshan Town Committee, Li Zhijun, Member of Dongkeng Town Committee, Liu Junting, Member of Qishi Town Committee, heads of relevant departments of various towns in the Functional Area, heads of education groups and some teacher representatives.
Du Runjiang said in his speech that Songshan Lake Park has high-quality educational resources, and has taken an active role in the process of promoting the model of running schools by education groups. Together with the towns in the Functional Area, it has established a group of good schools that are close to residents’ homes. This provides a model for the whole city to promote such practice.
He also said that this time, the Songshan Lake Park took the lead in the practice of running school by education groups with Hengli Town, Dalingshan Town, Qishi Town, and Dongkeng Town. This is a quick response to the urgent needs of the people in the Functional Area for high-quality education. This is of great significance for further revitalizing the inter-school resources of the Functional Area and expanding the supply of high-quality educational resources.
"The people's desire for a better life is what we strive for. And the people's desire for quality education is our priority." Zeng Li said that this signing event will be a new start, marking a milestone for the practice of running school by education groups in the Functional Area. It will play a leading role in driving the entire Functional Area to develop education with higher quality, higher standards and sustainability.
She pointed out that Songshan Lake will build a comprehensive national science center in the Greater Bay Area (Songshan Lake Science City) and take it as an opportunity to accelerate the building of a high-quality education system. While the members of the education groups are required to follow the same principles, their original cultural characteristics are respected. Songshan Lake strives to build a new pattern of cooperative and coordinated development of education in the Functional Area.
Xia Jianzhong made a speech as the representative of the contracted towns and streets. He said that since the Songshan Lake Hengli Experimental School was set up more than one year ago, under the guidance of Songshan Lake Wuhen Education Group, the school has achieved great results in teaching. This is because the school has adopted Wuhen Education Group’s school-based curriculum system and teaching management model. Now it has become the first choice for parents in Hengli. He also expressed the hope that the school will share its experience in running schools, share the group’s high-quality educational resources to all primary and secondary schools in the town.
Three Education Groups Attended the Signing Event
Songshan Lake has been exploring the overall planning and development of education since 2017. Several years on, it has now scored some achievements and accumulated some valuable experience. In order to further the reform of the education system, promote the balanced development of education in the Songshan Lake Functional Area, and contribute to the building of quality Dongguan, in 2020, Songshan Lake took advantage of the park's high-quality educational resources and actively promoted cross-town school running by education groups.
In this event, Songshan Lake Wuhen Education Group signed contracts with Songshan Lake Hengli Experimental School and Dalingshan No. 3 Primary School. Songshan Lake Experimental Middle School Education Group signed contracts with Dongkeng Middle School, Songshan Lake Central Primary School Group signed contracts with Jiangnan Primary School. The leading schools and member schools of each group were awarded plaques.
In addition, the above-mentioned education groups also set up an exhibition in Songshan Lake Hengli Experimental School to showcase the work and results they have achieved during the practice of running schools.
RoboMaster, 3D printing, personal invention, shadow puppet conversion system design... These are some of the students’ innovations featured in the exhibition.
The trophies and certificates displayed in the exhibition showed the outstanding achievements made by the teachers and students of Songshan Lake Hengli Experimental School in innovation. Under the guidance of Wuhen Education Group, Songshan Lake Hengli Experimental School has continuously improved the quality of education and yielded outstanding results.
Balanced development of Education
Advancing the practice of running primary and secondary schools by education groups is an important reform measure released by the Municipal Party Committee and the Municipal Government to deepen the supply-side structural reforms on education, expand high-quality educational resources, and better meet the people's needs of quality schools. Since the municipal government issued the Implementation Plan for Promoting the Practice of Running Primary and Secondary Schools by Education Groups in Dongguan in May 2018, various parks, towns and streets have actively explored various forms of group school-running in accordance with local conditions and school conditions.
At present, the total number of education groups in the city has reached 40. Among them, as of the end of 2020, a total of 12 education groups have been established in the Songshan Lake Functional Area, of which 6 are cross- town-and-park Education Groups. The practice of running school by education groups has shown a good trend, forming a coordinated, open, and win-win education system.