Shanghai ready to learn new skills and change the world
China on Monday unveiled the mascots and slogan for the 46th WorldSkills Competition to be held in Shanghai in 2021.
The names of the mascots — a girl Qiao Qiao and Neng Neng, a boy — mean "skilled craftsmen" in Chinese, and they are modeled on the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. They wear overalls with eye shields and gloves. In their hands are Lu Ban locks, a toy believed to have been invented by Zhuge Liang around 1,800 years ago, using carpenter-god Lu Ban's techniques, thus representing traditional craftsmanship.
With their thumbs up, the pair stretches out their arms in welcome to the craftsmen and women from all over the world who will come to Shanghai to show off their skills.
The slogan "Master Skills, Change the World,” speaks for itself.
The designs were unveiled by Jiang Yongqing, vice president of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, on Monday evening during a reception in Kazan, Russia, where the 45th WorldSkills Competition is taking place.
“We welcome people from all over the world come to China,” Zhang Jinan, China’s Minister of Human Resources and Social Security, said during the reception.
Simon Bartley, president of WorldSkills International, told the gathering that the journey to the 46th WorldSkills Competition in Shanghai had begun. China, he said, will learn a lot about the importance of skills exchanges in the 21st century in hosting the skills competition.
The WorldSkills Competition carries forward the mission of WorldSkills International by honoring young people for excellence and dedication. Shanghai will also build a WorldSkills Museum, which will look back the achievements WorldSkills International has made in the past 70 years.
“Thank you all for your support and help for Shanghai, and we look forward to welcoming you to our city in 2021 to enjoy the big event,” said Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong.
He said, with the guidance and help of WorldSkills International and the support by the central government of China, preparations for the event are already going well.
“We will step up exchanges and cooperation with WorldSkills International, its members and other partners,” said Ying. “We believe that we can raise the influence of WorldSkills to new heights and inspire more people to build a beautiful life and future through excellent skills.”