Beijing, Nov 29 (EFE).- The East China Normal University, located in the megalopolis of Shanghai, launched a ‘mini-master’ in family education to help parents be better in a social environment in “constant evolution” ”.
The program, which offers 100 teaching hours in four months, combining in-person and online studies to obtain a diploma, addresses topics such as psychological stress and Internet addiction, the official newspaper China Daily reported today.
To date, 120 parents with children of different ages have enrolled in the course, making this the first program of its kind in the Asian giant.
“Parents’ anxiety about their children’s study is more intense today than ever,” said Yan Hanbing, dean of the university’s School of Open Learning and Education.
“We integrate knowledge based on science and research to tell parents how to stay calm and avoid getting caught up in the ever-evolving social tide,” Yan added to the media.
The program includes three core courses in family relationships, psychology and character building, as well as more than 20 electives for parents to select based on their children’s age and the issues they want to address.
“Parents play different roles as their children grow. They are caregivers, coaches and advisors when their children are young, students and in adolescence,” said the dean.
According to the course organizers, parents will not only learn “cutting-edge concepts and basic knowledge,” but will also have the opportunity to “train their practical teachings.”
“It is never repetitive to emphasize the importance of parents building a strong emotional bond with their children before school age,” said Professor He Lingfeng, in charge of the character education course.
This course for parents falls within the purpose of “promoting lifelong learning” of the Chinese population, as highlighted by the official press last March at the inauguration of the Seniors University of China (SUC), a university exclusively for those over 50. years.
“China requires universities and training centers to offer specialized courses for seniors,” said Minister of Education Huai Jinpeng during the inauguration of the SUC, adding that the country “encourages primary and secondary schools to support these projects.” giving up its sports and cultural facilities”. EFE