The 10th China Flower Expo in Chongming, Shanghai blossomed the sister relationship between Shanghai and Rotterdam. They are also well connected because they are both very important harbor cities, connecting the world around us.
Among their well-established friendship, the Wolfert Bilingual School in Rotterdam established an exchange program with Pinghe Bilingual School in Shanghai to further facilitate the cultural and educational activities. The sisterly partnership was established in 2012 and has been a great success for over nine years. The program organizes short- and long-term exchanges, study tours and summer camps. Students are able to dive into each other’s cultures, extend friendship and exchange languages.
The program also facilitates exchange opportunities for teachers from both schools, working as a language instructor and exchanging information and knowledge between the schools. This effectively strengthens the relationship, creates mutual understanding and broadens the horizon of the teachers and the students.
In light of the opening of the PZH – Rotterdam Garden, students from the Pinghe school and Wolfert school are led by their art teachers and guided by the Garden Designer Bert Dautzenberg to create art pieces for the garden in relation to urban sustainable development. This engages the students with the topic of sustainable development and allows them to learn about creating a climate resilient future. As Mr. Dautzenberg says:
“Children are the masters of the future”
The artwork created by the students from the Pinghe school is inspired by their wishes for future urban development. They have drawn ancient Chinese characters on colorful banners which resembles the hope for a bright future. The ‘Banner of Wishes’ is hung parallel to the aluminum cans, above the central pavilion.
The content of the banners is filled with wishes and efforts for a sustainable future. The ancient characters are originally derived from nature 4,000 years ago and are still used today. As such, the Banner of Wishes shows commitment and hope to a world like before with clear water, air and full of nature.
What do you wish for our future?