The Field trips(1) of Jinning Elementary and Junior High School were quite unusual. Principal Xu Weimin on Apr. 24 led 200 odd(2) teachers and students and covered over 10 km to explore the oyster farms in the waters along Anqi. They also took the opportunity, while the demining(3) team was taking a break, to pay a visit to the Shagang Minefield to see the heavy machinery and have a sense of the hard work of the demining personnel.
This field trip was very "energy saving and carbon reducing." Students walked all the way to observe the natural ecological landscapes around the waters of Anqi and visited the oyster farms. At the same time, they also entered the peripheral(4) area of the forbidden Shagang Minefield to have a look at the heavy machines used for demining. This was the first time for both the teachers and the students. Everyone was nicely surprised.
Demining work has been underway(5) in the minefield in Shagang. The deminers have already leveled a large area and are currently removing the mines along the coast. It was a "Landmines Lesson" opportunity that not everybody could has.
Xu Weimin said that minefields not only have an effect on local development but also are dangerous. The deminers are risking their lives to remove the mines to give the future generations in Kinmen a safe living environment. They are also helping with local development. However, Xu Weimin added, from an educator's view, that he hopes the future generations in Kinmen will still be able to see military structures from the early days when the island was a war zone, so that they can understand how their forebears(6) lived among perilous(7) minefields in order to protect their country. This will also be a form of education. Xu Weimin hopes to use field trips to help students have a more profound understanding of the living environment in their hometown.
■1. field trip-指學生的校外實地考察旅行。field指田野、原野。
■3. demining-(n)排雷，排雷的過程。這個字是從mine，地雷演化而來，前面加上de-字首，表示移除、分離之意。地雷也稱land mine，或landmine。雷區則是minefield。