Recess at Dadong Primary School
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Our original goal was to raise US$4,000 through 100 donors. After we achieved that target, we continued to set a higher goal for ourselves, eventually finishing the campaign at more than double our original fundraising goal. This would not have been possible without your efforts and support! Thank you!
An update from the field...
RCEF's Co-Executive Director Sara Lam and Professional Development Specialist Li Guangdui are in Guizhou now starting three new RCEF sites.
Dadong Primary School:
This school runs classes from first to sixth grade and serves students from three villages. Li Guangdui taught there for one year and the principle is very eager to collaborate with him again. The principle hopes that we can support him in implementing Tao Xingzhi’s educational
approach in his school. This is an approach that combines teaching, learning and doing, and connect school with society.
Longtu Primary School:
Liang Weian, A local Dong ethnic artist would like to start up a primary school in his village. Since the old school was shut down, small children have had to walk a long distance to get the school. He wants to run the school as a Dong cultural school by integrating aspects of ethnic culture into the curriculum as well as having Dong music and dance lessons each day.
Laohuo Primary School:
This school is a single-teacher school run by Shi Chunmei, a “daike” teacher who has been teaching for eight years. When Chunmei came, she started the school in an abandoned building, which villagers had already taken over to use as a pigsty in the lower level. Over 70 students came
the first year. Probably more than half of them were overaged.Many parents, including the village head and party
secretary, kept their daughters at home to work and wouldn’t send them to school. So she went and did their farm work
for them in exchange for their daughters’ enrollment. Chunmei is also a very effective teacher. She puts a lot of thought into methods for teaching
ethnic minority children and her students have entered the central school with a very solid foundation.
Over 250 students attend Dadong Primary School
Annual Children's Day Parade