Hoi An to educate primary school kids on heritage
The Japanese bridge is one of the most visited sites by tourists in Hoi An. The ancient city plans to educate primary school students about the city's heritage in 2021-22. VNS Photo Cong Thanh
HỘI AN — A 150-page heritage education document set, compiled by historians and cultural researchers from Hoi An City’s center for Cultural Heritage Management and Preservation, will be included in the curriculum for students at primary schools in Hoii An from the 2021-22 academic year.
The center said the document set would comprise 10 subjects related to the heritage of Hoi An, including the Japanese Bridge, communal houses, pagodas, Chinese clubs, families’ ancestors worship houses, old houses, whale tombs, crafts villages, folk art performances, and visual studies for students from grade 1 to grade 5.
Primary school students will study two subjects in three periods, including a field study trip to see heritage and a visual lecture.
Hoi An ancient town, a UNESCO-recognised world heritage site, has more than 1,000 houses between 100 and 200 years old.
Primary school students join a painting session in Hoi An. Field study and heritage exploring tours will be included in the education program for primary schools in Hoi An. VNS Photo Cong Thanh
The city and residents have preserved ancient tombs of Japanese ex-pats, Fujian and Jiao Zhou clubs of Chinese and French buildings, showing the harmony between the local community and foreign merchants 400 years ago.
The 400-year-old Japanese Bridge – a popular destination and cultural symbol in Hoi An – which was built and named by Lord Nguyễn Phuc Chu from the Nguyễn Dynasty in 1719, is one of the subjects primary school students in Hoi An will study this year.
Old houses are preserved in the Old Quarter of Hoi An. The UNESCO-recognised world heritage site has more than 1,000 old houses. VNS Photo Cong Thanh
Last year, Hoi An launched a campaign to raise awareness of good-natured behavior and hospitality among the community to boost tourism.
Residents are encouraged to maintain tranquillity and not use single-use plastic bags, straws, or cups.
A girl is excited about a ceramic forming practice at the Thanh Ha Pottery Village of Hoi An. Many heritage destinations in the city will be practical study sites for school students. VNS Photo Cong Thanh
Walking streets have also been in place in the city since 2004. — VNS
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