18 October, the 2018 Psychology Consultation Project for children of absentee parents, also referred to as left-behind children, was held once again in Nayong, Guizhou. Compiled of an 11-member team from the School of Psychology and Cognitive Science at ECNU and Xinmin Evening News, Professor Xu Guangxing and Professor Xi Juzhe led the team to Guizhou - first by flight to Guiyang before setting off to Nayong Village by car.
The 2018 Psychology Consultation Project for left-behind children is held in Nayong, Guizhou.
On the morning of Oct. 19, team members and local volunteers started off their tour of two-day group consultations - primarily on psychological studies and phenomena - in Tongzuokai Primary School in Xinfang Village, Buzuo Primary School in Zhangjiawan Village, Zhongxin Primary School in Shaowo Village, Tangjiaba Primary School in Yulongba Village, and Longgu Primary School in Shabao Village.
60 students participated in the project at Tongzuokai Primary School in Xinfang Village in which a variety of activities were held such as competitions, handcrafts and one-on-one talks. This consultation project also combined groups for outdoor activities, both big and small, in order to create dialogues and understanding with the local children in those places of Guizhou.
Two-day group consultations in Tongzuokai Primary School in Xinfang Village.
At Buzuo Primary School in Zhangjiawan Village, two team members guided 30 of the students from grades 3-5 in games that tested for psychological conditions. Due to the long distance, the team had to shorten their plans from two to one day, in order to effectively manage the time for the rest of the event.
Psychology Consultation Project at Buzuo Primary School in Zhangjiawan Village.
At Zhongxin Primary School in Shaowo Village, Professor Xu Guangxing and two team members organized a small concert and other outdoor activities for over 100 of the left-behind children. These children were fascinated with the different kinds of musical instruments and overall engaging learning environment accompanied by music. After the fun was all said and done, the team members travelled to four homes of those left-behind children to know more about the living conditions and communicate with their guardians.
Psychology Consultation Project at Zhongxin Primary School in Shaowo Village.
At Tangjiaba Primary School in Yulongba Village, two team members and 22 children played ice-breaking games; the aim was to cultivate a strong team spirit among the respective groups. Despite such a long distance, Professor Xi Juzhe and team members still went to visit and investigate 6 of the other local homes of left-behind children.
Psychology Consultation Project at Tangjiaba Primary School in Yulongba Village.
At Longgu Primary School in Shabao Village, two of the team members joined 24 children to play games against each other for the children’s creativeness and encouragement. Professor Xu Guangxing even introduced musical therapy to the students. Under the guidance of local volunteers, team members also went on four home-visits for further information.
Psychology Consultation Project at Longgu Primary School in Shabao Village.
Since 2012, the consultation project has been supported by Nayong and initiated by Xinmin Evening News. Local charity organizations and teachers and students from the School of Psychology and Cognitive Science at ECNU started to provide everyday necessities and consultations to 400 children of absentee parents. The project has won awards both in Shanghai and China, including the first prize issued by the Government of Guizhou Province in 2018.
Translated by Linlan Zhang Proofread by Joshua Mayfield Reviewed by Wenjun Guo