Education  China Project #14815

Improve Educational Equity in Rural China

by Overseas China Education Foundation
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Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China

Dear Donors,

Time flies! Fall is just around corner. As a new school semester is starting, we would like to introduce to you a new school that we worked with in the past summer.  

Xijiadou Elementary School, located in Guangling County, was founded in 1928. Over the years, the faculty and staff at Xijiadou had worked very hard to improve the students’ learning experience. They built multimedia classrooms, a music room, an art studio, a library, and a computer lab as well as bought sports equipment and internet covering the whole campus. The faculty also sought self-improvement as they incorporated peer evaluation and collaborative teaching into their routine. Now, with 455 students and 32 teachers, Xijiadou is rated as one of the top schools in Guangling county for the quality of education it provides.

One of Xijiadou’s curriculum ideologies is that the school should nurture an interest and appreciation for reading in students. However, while trying to create the ideal reading atmosphere for the students, the faculty met difficulties. Even though the school library holds more than 9,000 books, the books are not readily accessible to the students. The library, being a small room filled with high shelfs, does not have sufficient lighting and space for students to read. To read outside the library, the students would have to borrow books through the librarian. The librarian, being one of the teachers, is often busy and not there to answer students’ requests. The faculty felt that this situation greatly hindered the students from gaining a good reading experience. Therefore, they came up with the idea of building a bookshelf wall along the main corridor in the academic building.

This past summer, with a little more than 7,000 RMB from you, we put together a brand new bookshelf wall for Xijiadou. The bookshelf holds more than 1,000 books and is accessible to the students 24/7. The students were very excited and the faculty indeed observed more students reading each day. Before we left, Xijiadou also became a participant of our reading program, where the students would get books (classics, science, art, history, etc.) from us at no cost as long as the teachers agree to spend ten minutes each day reading the books to the students. We hope reading can enrich the lives of the students and help them see the world through an open mind. On behalf of all students and faculty at Xijiadou, we thank you for your generosity. Without you, none of these could have been possible.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

OCEF

new bookshelf
new bookshelf
children reading
children reading
getting new books
getting new books

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Dear Donors,

Happy Spring!

This time we would like to share with you the story of Ms. Feng. Ms. Feng is a teacher at Gaowan Elementary School in Haiyuan County, Ningxia Province. She has been teaching at Gaowan since March, 2011. Throughout these six years, her remarkable knowledge of the subject matter, engaging teaching style, outstanding classroom management skills, and strong rapport with students have earned her the respect and trust of everyone around her. However, unbeknown to her students, outside the classroom Ms. Feng’s own life is full of difficulties. In 2014, Ms. Feng’s father passed away, leaving her as the only breadwinner in the family. With barely over $100 a month, Ms. Feng has to support two younger siblings, who are in middle and high schools, and her grandfather, who is in his eighties and often needs extensive medical care. Even Ms. Feng herself admitted once that if it were not for her passion for education and love for her students, she would have stopped teaching at Gaowan.

Ms. Feng’s colleagues, after knowing her living conditions, reached out to OCEF. As an organization that supports education in rural China, we feel that we can and should help Ms. Feng. Starting from Spring 2017, Ms. Feng will participate in our Teacher Aid Program. We hope that by providing regular financial assistance to Ms. Feng, we can make her life easier and allow her to stay longer with her students at Gaowan.

In rural China, due to poverty and desolation, many schools like Gaowan are unable to offer fair wages and employee benefits and, as a result, have great difficulty hiring enough professionally trained teachers. These schools then have to rely on teachers like Ms. Feng, who are willing to work with 1/10 to 1/20 of the regular teacher salary. OCEF's Teacher Aid Program, established in 2006, aims to help these teachers. We provide both financial assistance and additional professional training to those who experience financial hardship but remain committed to teaching educationally deprived children in rural areas. In this way, we can help keep good teachers available for the students. As of now, OCEF has helped more than 700 teachers like Ms. Feng. We could not have done this without your help.

Thank you so much for your generosity and kindness.

Sincerely,

OCEF

Haiyuan County, Ningxia Province
Haiyuan County, Ningxia Province
children at Gaowan
children at Gaowan
Ms. Feng teaching a class
Ms. Feng teaching a class

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Dear Donors,

We hope you are enjoying a wonderful holiday season!

Another year has come, and we would like to take this time to express our deep gratitude for your generous support over the past year. Most notably, on November 29th, in the MatchAMillion fundraising event, you helped us raise $36,485 and win $17,150 of matching funds from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These donations will be able to help a great number of students to continue their education or study in a better environment, given that currently $100, $150, $350 can support an elementary, middle, high school student for an entire school year, respectively.

Also in last month, we finished distributing school uniforms for the students at Donggang Elementary School. Donggang Elementary School, located in Donggang Village, Hunan Province, has a total of 282 students, plus 58 children in its affiliated kindergarten, and 15 teachers. The students come from seven nearby villages, with about 80% of them living with their grandparents, for their parents had left home and went somewhere else for work. Over the years, Donggang’s administrators had made various efforts to improve school facilities but had always been struggling to pull together enough funds to cover the costs. In 2011, in order to build an acceptable kitchen and cafeteria for the students and teachers, the school went into debt. That was when OCEF started to work with the school and, since then, the school’s administrators and OCEF volunteers have worked together in several projects, including setting up new dining tables, new kitchen equipment, new classroom desk and chair sets, and expanding the school library. This time, $2,900 of your donations plus $400 from Xi Liang Chuan Foundation went to Donggang and gave all of its students new clothes to wear in the new year.

Without you, none of these would have been possible. Thank you for your kindness through all this time.

We wish you great happiness and prosperity in 2017. Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Overseas China Education Foundation

Donggang Elementary School
Donggang Elementary School
a student wearing her new school uniform
a student wearing her new school uniform
children reading in their free time
children reading in their free time
students in class
students in class
Students with new uniform
Students with new uniform
Students with new uniform
Students with new uniform

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Dear Donors,

Hope you are enjoying the beautiful fall weather.

This time we would like to introduce to you Caozhuang Elemenatary School. Caozhuang, located in Guanyun County, Jiangsu Province, is a school of 305 students and 15 teachers and administrators. The students at Caozhuang come from various rural parts of the Guanyun County. The majority of them are children left behind by parents who went to cities for work opportunities. At least a third of them are orphans, from single-parent families, or from families with income far below the poverty line. For these children, Caozhuang Elementary School is the only education resource available. Unfortunately, often what is available is not adequate.

Originally built in the 1970’s, Caozhuang had been expanded and revamped only a few times. Over the years, some of the buildings had become very dilapidated. In two of the oldest buildings, hardly any of the classroom doors and windows are free of damage and distortion. During spring and summer, bug and mosquito come in through the leaky doors and windows, and during fall and winter, cold draft. It pained us to see children learning and studying in such an environment, so we decided to help.

Last month, 20 aluminum alloy windows and 23 stainless steel doors replaced the old broken ones at Caozhuang. The renovation project costed a total of 33,514 RMB (~$5000), which all came from your support. Now, when the children spend their days in classrooms, they do not have to endure temperature swings, mosquito bites, or any other problems due to the poor environment before. A better physical setting for more effective education was made possible by your help. Everyone at Caozhuang is grateful for what you did. We cannot thank you enough.

Sincerely,

OCEF

Caozhuang school entrance
Caozhuang school entrance
school ground
school ground
broken windows
broken windows
a run down doorway
a run down doorway
after renovation 1
after renovation 1
after renovation 2
after renovation 2
children playing between classes
children playing between classes

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Dear Donors,

Hope you are enjoying your summer!

Great news from Nanfeng Elementary School: a water supply system is installed!

Located in the remote mountains of Lintao County, Dingxi, Gansu Province, Nanfeng Elementary School has been an educational resource for children from nearby villages since 1933. Currently, Nanfeng has 37 students and 4 teachers. Despite its small size, the school has well structured classes and offers its students a number of extracurricular activities. Indeed, from what we see during our visits, the school has a lively and creative spirit. Students are self-motivated to learn and teachers are passionate about improving students' learning.

Regrettably, Nanfeng Elementary School's facilities are run-down. All classrooms and faculty dormitories were built around 2000 and severely damaged by the earthquake in 2015. The school is in the process of planning to demolish and rebuild with government assistance, which is now still pending.

Even more problematic than the dilapidated buildings is the lack of water supply system at the school. During the last decade, the groundwater level in Lintao County has been constantly decreasing. Months ago, the spring on which students and teachers at Nanfeng relied dried up. Since then, the school has been getting water from other areas using a car, which is very inconvenient. Fortunately, this condition did not persist. Thanks to you, in April, a brand new water supply system was built and put in use.

The water supply system costed a total of 50,000RMB, out of which 10,000RMB came from you. Your help has made the lives of people at Nanfeng so much easier and happier. Please see the pictures attached and accept our heartfelt gratitude for your kindness and support.

Sincerely,

OCEF

Water supply system building in process 1
Water supply system building in process 1
Water supply system building in process 2
Water supply system building in process 2
Children distributing water with buckets
Children distributing water with buckets
Children studying
Children studying
Children lining up, ready to go home
Children lining up, ready to go home

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Location: Houston, Texas - USA
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Linfeng Zhang
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