As one of the signature activities held by OSANJU, Youth Education, at first simply designed as introductory optics lectures for small children, has also started to bring inspiration for those who stand behind the teaching desk.
Tonghua Yu, lecturer of Youth Education at Chengxin Primary School, was impressed by pupils' curiosity and thirst of knowledge. "When the colour on magic patches was changing (selective reflection)," he said, "the kids were amazed as predicted, but I also noticed some of the kids starting to talk to each other, trying to figure out why putting my hands on the patch could make things different. To them, it seemed like the experiment was not just some fanciful phenomena, it became something worth thinking about, a new part of the world that is yet to be discovered. You cannot imagine how hard they tried to guess and even analyze using their elementary logic. That was the moment when I knew I was doing something meaningful—that learning is not just about knowing, but also this responsibility to share with others how we can understand nature."
During the Youth Education at Jinling Primary School, lecturer Zhentao Huang had similar experience, but he sees it in a different way. "What we saw back in the class is every student being keen to participate and interact. They are willing to express whatever they came up with or observed. You can hardly find the same scenario in a college or high school classroom. I think that is the enthusiasm we are missing in higher education, we focus too much on the task and grade instead of learning itself. We were there to give lectures, but actually we have learned more from our students."