Sun, May 31, 2009
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President Hu joins pupils to celebrate Children's Day

2009-05-31 12:49:44 GMT2009-05-31 20:49:44 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Chinese President Hu Jintao (C) joins pupils to form a map of China with eggshells at Jushan Primary School in the Haidian District of Beijing, capital of China, May 31, 2009, one day ahead of the International Children's Day. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Chinese President Hu Jintao (C) stays with Chinese and foreign children at Fangcaodi International School in the Chaoyang District of Beijing, capital of China, May 31, 2009, one day ahead of the International Children's Day. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

Chinese President Hu Jintao (3rd R) is present at a class at Fangcaodi International School in the Chaoyang District of Beijing, capital of China, May 31, 2009, one day ahead of the International Children's Day. (Xinhua)

Chinese President Hu Jintao (C) visits Chinese and foreign children at Fangcaodi International School in the Chaoyang District of Beijing, capital of China, May 31, 2009, one day ahead of the International Children's Day. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

Chinese President Hu Jintao (3rd R Back) poses for a photo with pupils at Jushan Primary School in the Haidian District of Beijing, capital of China, May 31, 2009, one day ahead of the International Children's Day. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

BEIJING, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao visited two primary schools in Beijing Sunday, joining children in language classes, games and kite painting, and wishing them a healthy and bright future.

Hu made the visits on the eve of the annual International Children's Day, which falls on Monday and will be celebrated by about 250 million children under the age of 14 across the country.

Hu first went to Jushan Primary School, where 90 percent of some 700 students are children of migrant workers from outside the Chinese capital.

The boarding school is seen as a model of equal and quality teaching for migrant children.

Hu joined first grade children, who were learning Chinese idioms such as "When you drink water, think of its source." Satisfied with their understanding, Hu told them to learn to be grateful for what they enjoyed and to study hard.

During a handcraft session, the president was shown works made from recycled materials and paper. He happily joined several students in finishing a mosaic map of China, using pieces of egg shell.

"This is a good idea to use recycled materials to make handcrafts. I hope you become more aware of saving natural resources and environmental protection," Hu told the excited kids.

On the school's playground, the president's skill at kicking shuttlecock, a popular game among Chinese, won him applause.

He stressed children of rural migrant workers in cities should enjoy same rights to standard education so they can grow up equally healthy and happy as the children of urban residents.

During a visit to the Fangcaodi Primary School, an international school, Hu's attention was attracted by a group of first grade foreign students who were speaking fluent Chinese.

The smiling president listened them saying their names, ages and their home countries. He also acted as a teacher, discussing the differences between lemons and oranges.

Hu joined the children painting kites and doing makeup of traditional Peking opera. He also taught kids to make dumplings, atypical Chinese food.

Established in 1956, the school has more than 4,000 foreign students from more than 150 countries and regions. Many are children of foreign diplomats, experts and business people living in Beijing.

Before leaving, Hu told Chinese and foreign students to help each other and to make progress together for a better world.

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