Haiyang, China, January 9, 2015 – Westinghouse Electric Company has joined with Haiyang Yucai Elementary School in China to develop a “Dream Center” multimedia classroom that brings creative educational programs to students and also enhances training for teachers at the school.
Westinghouse donated funding to create the Dream Center, which is designed to help students achieve their aspirations for the future. The 90-square-meter classroom in Shandong Province is equipped with tablet computers, internet access, a projector, books and furnishings. Teachers use the classroom to conduct a series of Dream Courses – focused on the themes of innovation, diversity and inclusion – to help students learn new skills and build self-confidence. The center is managed and operated by Shanghai Adream Charitable Foundation.
Officials from Westinghouse and Haiyang Yucai Elementary School celebrated the center’s opening in early December. Mr. Yu Jiantao, deputy director general of Haiyang Education Bureau; Ms. Li Li, principal of Haiyang Yucai Elementary School; Mr. Bruce Schlueter, Westinghouse vice president and China managing director; and Mr. Jeff Lamb, Westinghouse director of the Haiyang AP1000® nuclear power plant project, attended the unveiling ceremony.
“While pursuing business growth in the market, Westinghouse is committed to fulfilling its social responsibilities by actively serving the communities where we live and work. The forms of our engagement are varied from charitable giving to scholarships, and from educational programs to employee volunteerism,” Mr. Schlueter said.
In her welcoming remarks at the ceremony, Ms. Li thanked Westinghouse for its support of the school. “It is not only a classroom, but also a stage to help the students build self-confidence and skills as well as find individual strengths,” she said.
Mr. Yu said, “The Dream Center provides a new development platform for teachers who have been involved in these Dream Courses. Through structured trainings, they are able to be creative while teaching the classes and make the students fall in love with learning.”
After the ceremony, Ms. Lu Fangfang, a teacher at the school, led a Dream Course for fourth-grade students. Those in attendance for the ceremony said they were impressed by the interactive approach to teaching.
“As a high-tech company and a pioneer of the nuclear power industry, we encourage innovation. We like to leverage our expertise in science and engineering to broaden the students’ horizons and cultivate their interests toward these fields. We look forward to deploying more employee volunteer activities in the near future by collaborating with Haiyang Yucai Elementary School and Haiyang Education Bureau,” Mr. Schlueter said.
In 2007, Westinghouse and its project partner The Shaw Group (now CB&I), won the bid to build four units of Westinghouse’s most advanced reactor design, the AP1000 nuclear power plant, in Sanmen, Zhejiang Province, and Haiyang, Shandong Province. The construction of the four AP1000 units in China continues to move forward at a steady pace and will provide several decades of safe, clean electricity to power China homes, schools and businesses.
Westinghouse Electric Company, a group company of Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502), is the world's pioneering nuclear energy company and is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world. Westinghouse supplied the world's first pressurized water reactor in 1957 in Shippingport, Pa., U.S. Today, Westinghouse technology is the basis for approximately one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants. AP1000 is a trademark of Westinghouse Electric Company LLC. All rights reserved.
Shanghai Adream Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization established and managed by executives with extensive management experience in financial institutions and listed companies. It was officially registered on 14 April 2008 at the Shanghai Administration Bureau of NGOs. In 2013, Adream was ranked as the most transparent foundation in China by Forbes Magazine-China Edition.