Kindergarten children on song with inspiring video

Yang Meiping
Children from different countries and regions studying at Soong Ching Ling Kindergarten in Shanghai have produced a video entitled "One World, One Song."
Yang Meiping

Children from different countries and regions studying at Soong Ching Ling Kindergarten in Shanghai have produced a video entitled “One World, One Song.” 

Starting off with a nursery rhyme “Two Little Tigers,” well known by generations on the Chinese mainland, the melody introduces children to the French origin of the popular “Frère Jacques,” as well as other versions in Spanish, English, Italian, German, Korean and Japanese.

At the end, children hum the creatively composed “Epidemic Battle Song.” This represents worldwide resolve that “only with solidarity can the international community prevail over this pandemic.”

“The melody conveys that we all belong to a global community of common destiny where everyone has a stake,” said Zhu Sujing, principal of the kindergarten.

Soong Ching Ling Kindergarten enjoys a good reputation as a “small global village,” not only with teachers and children from 45 countries and regions in the world, but also with a multicultural curriculum that respects differences and embraces diversity.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19, the kindergarten has published a series of articles themed with “Parent-Child Interaction Activities” on its WeChat official account. With one article per day, 73 articles have been posted so far. In an effort to provide parents with ideas to spend quality time with their child at home through games, the official account has successively released high-quality online teaching resources, such as “Tell Our Children about Community of Common Destiny for Mankind” and “Declaration of Happiness: A Better Life.”

The kindergarten's founder Soong Ching Ling once said: “We have found a bridge to exchange differences in environment, races, religions and political parties. This bridge is the child, our children.”

She had also said: “Children speak a universal language that demands peace, friendship and healthy growth.”

Principal Zhu added: “Today, children all over the world speak different languages, but sing one song to express a shared wish – Stay strong, World.”

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