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2024-05-27 17:36 Last Updated At:17:55

BALI, Indonesia, May 27, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- A news report from chinadaily.com.cn:

An English-language publication highlighting President Xi Jinping's insights into water governance has been well received by international experts, who noted its potential in offering solutions to countries grappling with a water crisis exacerbated by climate change.

The experts shared their observations during the eight-day 10th World Water Forum, which concluded on Saturday in Bali, Indonesia. The event featured the launch on Tuesday of the book Water Governance in China: Perspectives of Xi Jinping.

One of the key parts of the book is an innovative philosophy on water governance that Xi proposed in 2014. It focuses on "prioritizing water conservation, balancing spatial distribution, adopting systematic approaches and leveraging the roles of both government and market".

The president stressed that water governance includes multiple aspects, such as development and utilization, regulation and allocation, and conservation and protection.

The key focus at present, in terms of mindset, awareness and action, is water conservation, and "we must prioritize water conservation to orchestrate a coordinated approach to water governance throughout the entire cycle", according to the book.

Li Guoying, minister of water resources, says in the book's foreword that Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, proposed the philosophy from the strategic perspective of achieving sustainable development for the Chinese nation.

The president has also provided insights into a series of significant theoretical and practical issues, including why water issues should be addressed in the new era, and what should be done and how to do it, forming a body of new concepts, ideas and strategies for water governance, Li said.

"Guided by his water governance principles, China has achieved historic successes and undergone transformative changes and improvements in water governance," the minister said, highlighting the country's capacity "to prevent floods and droughts, save, optimally allocate, and make efficient use of water resources, and protect and manage river and lake ecosystems".

With only 6 percent of the world's freshwater resources, China has managed to ensure food and water security for nearly 20 percent of the global population, and has contributed more than 18 percent of the world's economic output, Li noted.

Highlighting the book as the first systematic introduction to China's water governance principles and technologies, Li Lifeng, director of the Land and Water Division at the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization, said he believes it will contribute to the future water management practices of countries around the world.

With a series of methods and concepts ranging from water conservation and storage to flood management, China has an array of practices that can be shared with other nations, he said.

Philippe Gourbesville, president of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research, said the book "is presenting a strategy for China for addressing the main issues that are coming in the next decades, especially achieving water security".

Nebiyou Kassahun, from the China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research, who is a doctoral student majoring in hydrology and water resources, said, "The book gives a detailed description of philosophical aspects of water conservancy all over China, and I think that it is a good idea to share this with the rest of the world."

"I also appreciate the fact that General Secretary Xi Jinping is able to emphasize these things, because it is actually a really current global issue, a global problem right now," he added.

Pedro Liberato, former director-general of the department of international relations of Portugal's Ministry of Environment and Climate Action, lauded China's timely mindset on water governance.

China's experiences in water resources management hold significant global relevance, particularly as the nation is adapting its water governance strategies to address evolving challenges posed by climate change, he said.

"China has the experience that is very important to have at this moment," Liberato said, adding that the nation recognizes "that some of the good solutions 10 years ago are not the best ones anymore because of the extreme events".

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President's insights well received by intl experts

President's insights well received by intl experts

SINGAPORE, June 20, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Babilou Family Singapore, a leading early childhood education provider, has unveiled two new KiddiWinkie Schoolhouse centres in the eastern part of Singapore. The premium preschool centres are nestled in the heart of East Coast and Mountbatten and offer children aged two months to 6 years a truly unique and immersive preschool experience. Combining innovative education and sustainable practices, these centres are a haven for young minds, fostering a love for learning and the environment amid nature's embrace.

A Nature Wonder for Winning Minds

The new KiddiWinkie Schoolhouse centres are enveloped by nature, and each occupies an average floor area of 2,800 square metres, providing vast open spaces for children to explore, discover, and thrive. The centres were designed in response to the growing demand from parents for preschools that go beyond education – they yearn for expansive, open areas where their children can engage in active play and connect with the natural world. This focus on outdoor learning is a proactive measure against the increasing prevalence of myopia in young children, as exposure to greenery and time away from screens offer many benefits for a child's holistic development.

Both centres are housed in heritage sites and feature expansive space layouts, allowing KiddiWinkie to introduce its specialised integrated outdoor learning spaces or learn-and-play nodes, such as a Sensory Trail, Nature Harvest, and an outdoor playground and splash park area. These nodes serve as dynamic classrooms, allowing educators to blend lessons seamlessly with the wonders of nature and foster a lifelong appreciation for learning and the environment in each child.

Sustainable Educationâ„¢ - Planting Seeds for a Greener Future

At the heart of KiddiWinkie's approach lies its trademarked Sustainable Educationâ„¢ curriculum. This unique curriculum is designed to nurture children to flourish and become conscientious individuals poised to make meaningful contributions to the world. The preschool's inquiry-based learning approach combines purposeful play and school readiness. The curriculum also emphasises English and Chinese, aiming to cultivate bilingual proficiency in children as part of preparation for the rigours of primary school.

The centres offer comprehensive programmes tailored to various age groups:

Enrichment classes like FIITerciseâ„¢, Artsy Fingersâ„¢, Cook & Bake, Playtinkersâ„¢, and the screen-free coding programme Tech Craftersâ„¢ complete the holistic learning experience.

Expanding Accessibility and Meeting Community Needs

Located at East Coast and Mountbatten, the new centres cater to the demand for premium preschools in the area, as identified by Babilou through its market research. By bringing premium early childhood education solutions to the East, KiddiWinkie Schoolhouse aims to support the community and create a learning environment for children to flourish.

"The beautiful new school in East Coast has amazing facilities with a huge outdoor area, a sandpit and playground, a reading corner, and more," said Margaryta Badegruber, a delighted parent whose child attends KiddiWinkie Schoolhouse @ East Coast. "We chose this school for the extensive outdoor time and great curriculum it offers. Our daughter finished her first week here and enjoys everything about the school! She looks forward to going (to school) every morning – this makes us very happy as parents."

Discover the wonders of learning at KiddiWinkie Schoolhouse. Interested parents are invited to Book A Tour and visit the centre's websites for more information:

Press materials for both KiddiWinkie Schoolhouse centres are available at the following links:

About KiddiWinkie Schoolhouse and Babilou Family Singapore

KiddiWinkie Schoolhouse is a premium preschool brand under Babilou Family Singapore, a subsidiary of Babilou Family Group. Babilou Family Group is a France-incorporated early childhood organisation with a network of over 1,000 nurseries and a presence in 10 countries worldwide. Babilou Family Singapore has grown to 62 education and learning centres islandwide, including Little Footprints Preschool and student care brand Learning Leap. KiddiWinkie Schoolhouse is known for inspiring children to become champions, not just in their minds but winners in their hearts. Central to this philosophy is the belief that a positive mindset and a winning attitude can take every child to the horizons of success. We celebrate the milestones and achievements of children as they develop and grow throughout their learning journey with us.

For more information, visit https://babilou-family.sg/.

** The press release content is from PR Newswire. Bastille Post is not involved in its creation. **

KiddiWinkie Schoolhouse Opens Two New Centres in the East, Bringing Nature-Inspired Learning to Young Minds

KiddiWinkie Schoolhouse Opens Two New Centres in the East, Bringing Nature-Inspired Learning to Young Minds

KiddiWinkie Schoolhouse Opens Two New Centres in the East, Bringing Nature-Inspired Learning to Young Minds

KiddiWinkie Schoolhouse Opens Two New Centres in the East, Bringing Nature-Inspired Learning to Young Minds

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