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Summer classes give kids chance to chase dreams
By Pan Zheng

THIS summer, the Shanghai Education Commission is opening dozens of vocational schools to the public for free and launching various vocational experiences and training events to enrich life for local children. Whether kids are dreaming to be a news reporter or a dance star on stage, these schools could become their first step on that journey.

Last week we introduced three vocational schools, and here we bring three more. Expat children can apply for these free activities, as well. There is no language service on site, so expats are urged to come with a friend or parent who can speak Chinese to do the interpretation.

Experiencing TV station

In childhood, many have imagined interviewing a big star in a television studio or sitting in front of the desk to deliver the latest news.

This summer, such dreams might come true at the radio and television station of the Shanghai Urban Construction Engineering School. Here visitors will learn how to produce a short television video, take a tour to the TV studio, experience being host of a news program and learn how to use the camera.

Venue: Shanghai Urban Construction Engineering School

Address: 999 Longshui Rd N.

Opening hours: 9:30am-10:30am,

11am-12pm, 1pm-2pm, 2:30pm-3:30pm on July 10 and 11

Website: www.chengxiao.sh.cn

How to apply: Call teacher Shen at

6457-1118 to make a reservation.

Learning to use abacus

Calculation with an abacus is known as the “fifth great invention” of China after the “Four Great Inventions.” The device has been used since the very ancient days in the country and is now listed as an intangible cultural heritage by the UNESCO.

Children in primary and middle schools can visit Shanghai Commercial Accounting School to learn how to use this ancient calculator. It will train the flexibility of fingers and thinking ability of children and also show the great wisdom of ancient Chinese people.

Shanghai Commercial Accounting School has a multifunctional vocational training center with a total area of 2,250 square meters. In the summer, the training center is also providing other training courses, such as how to detect counterfeit money and making a walkie-talkie.

Venue: Shanghai Commercial Accounting School

Address: 918 Lujiabang Rd

Opening hours: 9am-11am, 1pm-3pm on July 12, 13, 19 and 20

Website: www.scasqhwz.com

How to apply: Call teacher Feng at 6377- 9587 to make a reservation.

Dancing on the stage

Are your kids a little too shy to perform on stage? Here’s a good place for them to gain their courage and skills of stage performance.

This summer, the Dance School of the Shanghai Theater Academy will open four dancing courses for primary and middle school students, including the ballet “Swam Lake,” a Mongolian folk dance, the Polka dance of Poland and a contemporary dance. The ballet and Mongolian folk dance are for girls only.

Venue: Dance School of the Shanghai Theater Academy

Address: 201 Guilin Rd

Opening hours: 9:30am-11am on July 9, 12 and 16 for training, 9:30am on July 19 for stage performance

Website: dance.sta.edu.cn

How to apply: Call teacher Min at

6270-6585 to make a reservation.

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