When I first came to Shanghai, I had no idea what to expect. My experience has been filled with plenty of highs and a certainly a few lows, but coming to Urban Family has definitely been one of the highs. It plugged me in to a city I knew nothing about, allowing me to try new things, eat at new places and meet some pretty fantastic people.
Although my time in Shanghai is coming to an end, I want to thank my colleagues, friends and all the fabulous families I’ve met along the way for making the last two years so memorable. If there is one thing I’ve learned since being here, it’s that you should take advantage of every opportunity this crazy city throws your way.
For my last issue, I decided to go with a cover story that is an important topic for parents to consider when it comes to your kids’ education: 21st Century Skills. No matter where you live in the world, companies are changing their priorities in who they hire, and schools should also change how they teach to prepare students for real-life scenarios. This skillset is key in today’s education environment as students face new challenges after graduation.
In the Life & Wellbeing section, we feature every mom’s favorite community group, Shanghai Mamas and find out what makes this organization unique (pg14). We also take a look at this season’s hottest sneakers for kids (pg12).
In Learning we feature some of Shanghai’s most talented students in technology and learn what they love about the field (pg24) – we were seriously impressed with their knowledge.
We also feature DreamWeaver’s most recent production School of Rock that has a cast almost entirely made of students (pg42).
So, I’m off, and I wish everyone the best of what a Shanghai spring has to offer.
Alyssa Marie Wieting, Editor-in-Chief