To enrich the knowledge of art and humanities of Macao’s primary and secondary teachers, the Education and Youth Development Bureau of Macao, in December 2021, cooperating with the Centre for Chinese History and Culture and Macao Base for Primary & Secondary Education in Humanities & Social Science, co-organized “the Plan to Cultivate the Masters of Humanities & Social Science Education”. The associate professor Yeung Siu Kwai from Faculty of Education, Emeritus professor Tang Keng Pan, associate professor Wang Sihao, assistant professor Lo In-Fat from FAH were invited as tutors in this training plan.
The training program took place in 4 and 11 December, with selected courses including professor Yeung’s “Zhu Xi’s and Qian Mu’s Explanations of Courtesy in The Analects of Confucius” and “the View of Under-Heaven in ‘The Analects’ and its Explanations in Later Generations”, professor Tang’s “Demystifying the Chinese Characters in Macao’s World Cultural Heritage Sites” and “Reading Liu Yuxi’s ‘An Epigraph in Praise of My Humble Home’ as an Example of Showing How to Understand the Cultural Symbols in Literary Texts”, professor Wang’s “A Sketch of Chinese Classics from the Ancient Travel Notes” and professor Lo’s “How to Use Our Mother Tongue to Differentiate the Rhyme Schemes in Poetry and Understand the Pronunciations in Dictionary”. The 5 courses lasted for 15 hours in total, and around 150 people attended them.
Many trainees after class showed great interest in the stories behind the Chinese characters in Macao’s world cultural heritages, and continued to discuss with professor Tang. Additionally, professor Tang suggested the trainees to retell and disseminate Macao’s history and culture to their own students in class, so that the new generation could also learn more about the native culture.