A celebration of the strong Danish–Chinese cooperation
H.C. Andersen International Kindergarten College is getting a lot of attention in pedagogic circles in China. Since September of 2017, Chinese kindergarten eachers, educators, and researchers have attended Nordfyns Højskole to learn more about Danish kindergarten pedagogy and about playing and learning. The project started out to be small but has since grown strong and viable.
This is what we will celebrate at Nordfyns Højskole on May 22nd from 1 to 4 PM, where we are also going to get a visit from Countess Alexandra.
There will be two very prominent guests from China – Lei Yongsheng, CEO of the Chinese Lao Niu Foundation, who is sponsoring the H.C. Andersen International Kindergarten College, and Mr. Yang Dongping, Professor at Beijing Institute of Technology and one of the most influential experts in education in China.
Facts about HCA IKC
- An education initiative that combines Danish kindergarten pedagogy and didactics with the values that embody the tales of Hans Christian Andersen.
- Mr. Dong Ruixiang is the Founder and Manager. He is an associate professor, has authored books on education, and is a member of several education think-tanks. He has visited Denmark numerous times and is still driven by his enthusiasm for Danish values and Danish culture. He estimates that China has a lot to learn from Denmark.
- Mr. Dong’s ambitious plan is to send 5,000 to 10,000 kindergarten teachers, kindergarten managers, and educational experts to North Funen and the remainder of Funen over the next 10 years. At the same time, he expects that hundreds of HCA kindergartens will be established over the next few years in China.
- The cooperation with Nordfyns Højskole began in January of 2017, and the first five-week course was carried out in the Fall of 2017. In 2018 comparable but shorter courses will take place in March, May, August, October, and December.
- The participants come from all parts of China. They participate in presentations from Danish educational experts, visit institutions for children and knowledge centers, and they are challenged in creative workshops on playgrounds and at attractions. They dress up, and they experience the value of being able to step into new and less fixed roles.
- The project is being supported by the charity Lao Niu Fund, founded in 2004 by billionaire Niu Gensheng. Currently, the Fund is operating in China, the USA, Canada, France, Nepal, and Africa. Now Denmark has joined the portfolio.
- Nordfyns Højskole has many years of experience with international education initiatives –particularly from Japan.
- H. C. Andersen Museum and the Hans Christian Andersen Center contribute knowledge to the learning concept.