Chief Operations Officer of Canton Global Academy
DB: What does education mean to you?
Education is to explore the world and understand it.
Education is a process where a person explores the world and gains knowledge. The knowledge I mean here is not only academic knowledge but also other knowledge and skills, such as morals, values, reason-ing, judgement and maturity. At CGA, we are trying to offer a broader education to our students. Education at our school is not only to fulfil the British National Curriculum, but also to take the extra-curricular programmes, such as sports, music, art and design, ICT, dance, games, and cultural activities. We are trying to discover and inspire interest of our students, to offer them a wider and balanced education.
Education is a learning process inside the school and outside of school. We learn a lot from day to day out of the classrooms. Things like how to be polite and respectable, how to relate to people, how to be a good member of society and related things cannot be taught at school, but they are also very important.
Education is life.
At CGA, we prepare people to be lifelong learners and to have a better life in the future. We teach the students to learn through their lifelong experiencing, lifelong exploring, lifelong thinking, life-long discovering and lifelong decision-making, through the things they deal with, with the people who they meet. They can also learn from mistakes they made.
At CGA, our motto is to discover your potential, shape your future. We strongly believe education is the gateway to success, and success means the gateway to prodigious opportunities and better future, better life.
As an educator, I always feel I we are educated when we are educating our students. Anyway, education means quite a lot. It is so important, and no one can be successful or even survive in the world without an education.
DB: What operations do you typically handle from day to day?
As the COO, my responsibilities are to oversee the operational performance of the school, through undertaking or managing public relationship, marketing and admissions, finance, administration and general school service operations, by allowing the academic leader to focus on education related aspects of school performance.
DB: Canton Global Academy communicates with its followers via multiple social media platforms. Why is it important for you to engage with the CGA community in this way?
Social media is the extension of our school website, it can reach a broader audience with deeper engagement, it opens many opportunities for both our school and community participants, in this way, and it helps to build trust with the school community. Comparing with the traditional media marketing, social media is also cost effective. With social media, we can expect data-driven outcomes. These online platforms mean we are easier to create a report, evaluate or give feedback at any given time.
DB: Canton Global Academy was established just over a year ago. What has been the biggest challenge since opening and how have you approached solving it?
It is widely accepted that educational opportunities for children ought to be equal.
At CGA, we are committed to providing international education to all students who wish to learn, so we offer the most competitive tuition in Guangzhou so that students who might not otherwise be able to attend an international school can learn in an international environment and begin fulfilling their dreams.
The biggest challenge now is that even if the community know the school is trying to make the school fee as low as possible, but some parents still ask to pay at an even lower rate. As a school, what we can only do is that we expect the community to understand that CGA is a non-profit school, but paying enough fee is to ensure the school financially funded, so that we can provide better education services for all of our students.
DB: You categorise your core areas of learning uniquely, highlighting areas such as “understanding the world”, “personal, social and emotional development” and “expressive arts and design”. Why do you feel it is important for children to engage with learning in this way?
Our mission is to inspire, support, and nurture our multicultural students to receive a creative education and develop them to be global citizens in the 21st Century.
As I said at the beginning, at CGA, we believe the best education is for students learn to explore and understand the world and prepare themselves for future. Understanding of the world help our students to develop their understanding of their everyday lives, their homes, families, other people, science or nature, the local environment and community and the wider world.
At CGA, we believe personal, social and emotional development involves helping our students to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities. The 21st century education at CGA requires that students to learn with an understanding of and respect for diverse cultures. With this, it would help our students to improve their skills of communication, and collaboration.
At CGA, expressive Arts and Design involves supporting children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas, and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
We aim to offer the children a wide range of experiences to encourage children’s creative expression and enable them to become confident, enthusiastic learners and participators.