|Huang Qianmin makes crafts with her students.[cnhubei.com]|
A group of students from a rural primary school in the Xiong'er Mountainous area of Lushi County, Central China's Henan Province, bagged medals at a national sand painting competition last year.
All of them learned the art from Huang Qianmin, one of the voluntary teachers from the General Administration of Customs (GAC), for less than two years.
Huang was surprised to find that the 22 faculty members only taught Chinese, math and English lessons to more than 600 students when she arrived at the dilapidated campus in September 2016.
She decided to bring more happiness, confidence and hope to the students through teaching them sand painting.
However, learning how to paint with sand proved to be difficult for beginners.
In addition to teaching basic skills in her fine art class, Huang also selected 40 students to form a sand-painting club and tutored them with innovative teaching approaches.
After more than a year of effort, most of the students had mastered the basis techniques and the members of the club had finished more than 10 works. Some of them even went on to create their own artworks independently.
Huang's sand painting class has been named a demonstration base by the county's education authority as well as provincial and national crafts and arts associations.
But she wasn't satisfied with the achievements they made. She hoped the children would have more opportunities to explore the outside world.
Huang had been repeatedly reporting the development of her students to the organizing committee of a national sand painting competition since last April and her students finally gained approval for them to audition.
After months of preparation, 12 works reached the finals and six won awards.
He Jie, winner of the top award at the competition, said she was very grateful to Huang for teaching them sand painting and giving them the opportunity to use it to show themselves and pursue their dreams.
(Source: China Women's News/ Translated and edited by Women of China)
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