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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,

Hope this email finds you well! As we enter the holiday season, we brought great news to share with you.

At the end of last year, our volunteers traveled to Xuanhan County in Sichuan Province. We visited five schools that were lacking adequate infrastructure due to insufficient funding; among them was Wanhu Elementary School. The school offered a learning environment for 298 students and, additionally, a daycare center for 130 children under six years old. The administrators and teachers did the best they could to improve the school’s facilities, but the conditions were still far from satisfactory. The classrooms especially caught our attention. The desks and chairs the students used were old sets from another school. Majority of the chairs were falling apart with the seats and legs separated from each other. Like the teachers, we were very concerned with student’s safety while using these desks and chairs and so we decided to help.

With your strong support, we bought 298 new sets of desks and chairs for every student at Wanhu in this April. Each set only costs about 12 dollars, but it is high quality and beautiful. As you can see in the pictures, now the students can attend classes more comfortably and learn with fewer distractions. We could not have done this without your help. Please accept our deepest gratitude for your kindness and generosity.

May the holiday season bring happiness and joy to you and your loved ones!

Sincerely,

Overseas China Education Foundation

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Dear Donors,

We briefly introduced our Teacher Aid Program to you back in 2014. Many schools in rural China have difficulty hiring professionally trained teachers due to lack of funding and inconvenient geographic location. Fortunately, there are people who are willing to work as teachers for these schools despite that they can only earn 1/10 of the regular teacher salary. OCEF’s Teacher Aid Program, established in 2006, aims to help these teachers to obtain financial assistance and additional professional training. For more than ten years, we helped hundreds of teachers who dedicated their lives to teaching children in rural areas of China.

Last month, we organized a weeklong educational trip in Beijing for eight teachers from Jiangxi, Shanxi, and Henan. We took the teachers to Tian’anmen Square, Great Hall of the People, National Museum of China, Museum of Natural History, National Center for Performing Arts, National Stadium, Beijing Planetarium, National Library of China, The Summer Palace, and China Academy of Space Technology. All of the teachers wrote a reflection at the end of the trip. Most of the teachers lived in their hometowns for almost their entire lives and never visited the capital city. They reported that the experience was truly eye opening and gave them many insights to teaching and learning. We asked them for any suggestions to improve the trip. The teachers all thought the trip was great but in general wished that there were more opportunities to visit universities and attend technology workshops.

This is the second time we did an educational trip in Beijing for teachers that participated in our Teacher Aid Program. We are still in the process of perfecting this project. In the meantime, we have established local teacher workshops that help the teachers progress. We sincerely hope that one day the teachers working in rural areas will have access to all the educational resources that they need. Thank you for all your generosity and kindness for supporting our mission!

Sincerely,

Overseas China Education Foundation

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Dear Donors,

This time we would like to introduce Shijing Elementary School to you. Shijing is located in Heng County, Guangxi Province. The school has been a long time partner of OCEF. For almost three years, the educators there have worked with our volunteers to improve the learning environment for their students. Last year, the number of students at Shijing reached almost eight hundred. The educators knew the urgency to make more learning resources available, but they were unable to due to the financial difficulty from which the school constantly suffered.

Around the end of last year, Shijing reached out to OCEF. Soon after, we started the project of building a new reading room and reading corners in classrooms. With approximately $3,200, we renovated the old reading room and installed new sets of desks, chairs, and bookshelves in it within a month. Each of the eighteen classrooms also got a reading corner set up with new bookshelves and books.

The students at Shijing were very excited to see the change and showed great interests in spending their time in the new environment. We are happy that what we did promoted the students' interest in reading, which is crucial to their cognitive development. Thank you for making this possible! Your generosity made a difference in the lives of hundreds of children at Shijing and we are truly grateful.

Sincerely,

Overseas China Education Foundation

the old reading room
the old reading room
new bookshelves
new bookshelves
setting up
setting up
after renovation
after renovation
children in the new reading room
children in the new reading room
new reading corner in a classroom
new reading corner in a classroom

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Dear Donors,

Time for some wonderful news! We'd like to tell you what we've done for the children at Jieyuan.

Jieyuan School is located about thirty-five kilometers northeast of Langzhong City in Sichuan Province. Its pre-school program has eighty children, making it the largest in the region. However, having been dealing with financial difficulty for several years, Jieyuan has almost no resources to fund its pre-school program.

OCEF's volunteers initially visited Jieyuan in 2016 and since then the school has been a participant of our Library Project. However, because the project focused on reading, it was directed towards students of school age or older and did not directly benefit the children in the kindergarten. After several visits, we decided that additional funding would be necessary to create a better environment for the youngest children at Jieyuan. 

Numerous studies have demonstrated the importance of play for child development and the crucial tools, toys, employed in this process. Together with the teachers at Jieyuan, we spent about $400 and selected a number of toys to place in the classrooms, including a variety of blocks and puzzles, as well as tangrams, drums, kaleidoscopes, spinning tops, yoga balls, and Orff instruments. The children were very happy to see the new toys and grew quite fond of them only in a matter of minutes. We hope that the new toys will help promote physical, intellectual, and social development of these children and thus benefit them in the long run.

Once again, thank you for your kindness and generosity. We could not have done this without your help.

 

Sincerely,

Overseas China Education Foundation

Jieyuan School
Jieyuan School
Kindergarten
Kindergarten
playing with new toys
playing with new toys

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Dear donors and volunteers:

The season of harvesting and thanksgiving is upon us again; we would like to wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday!

Thank you for your continued support for and trust in the OCEF! We are deeply grateful for your help, support and participation in any shape or form.

GlobalGiving’s 2018 #GivingTuesday Campaign will begin Nov. 27, 2018, at 00:00:00 ET and end at 23:59:59 ET on Nov. 27, 2018. There will be a $150,000 Incentive Fund on #GivingTuesday. You may participate by clicking the "GIVE NOW" button in the end of this report.

The Incentive Fund will be distributed to participants proportionally based on final fundraising totals. This means that, at the end of #GivingTuesday, the projects that bring in the most dollars will win the largest slice of the Incentive Fund and every project that activates donors will earn something. Online donations up to $2,500 per unique donor per organization will count towards earning a portion of the Incentive Fund.

And there are upto $3,000 Most Funds Raised prizes and upto $3,000 Most Unique Donors prizes. You may find the realtime leader board here: https://www.globalgiving.org/leaderboards/giving-tuesday-2018

Besides the invitation to #GivingTuesday, we want to report our progresses in 2018.

In 2018, we have finally made our dream come true and formally registered our legal presence in Sichuan Province, laying a solid foundation for the long-term development of our projects in China. OCEF has had a continuously successful year, thanks to the joint efforts by our full-time and part-time staffers and the volunteers. Below is a list of statistics about 2018 that we have gathered so far:

  • 30number of rural teachers sponsored by the OCEF
  • 32number of volunteers from Chinese students in Europe and America who participated in the summer teaching camp in Huining, Gansu, the fifth consecutive year for this event
  • 70+rural schools receiving financial aid from the OCEF’s Library Program
  • 83classroom hours per week by our 81 volunteer teachers through the Online Classroom Program
  • 100±college scholarship applications by high school graduates sponsored by the OCEF
  • 250schools receiving our magazine Village Kids
  • 848letters from our Correspondence Team to kids in mountainous and rural areas
  • 2,005elementary/middle school financial aid packages distributed in the past spring and autumn semesters
  • 2,040students benefitting from the Online Classroom Program
  • 2,224high school financial aid packages distributed in the past spring and autumn semesters
  • 4,050copies of the Village Kids magazine delivered to schools
  • 26,221books distributed by the Library Program
  • 520,000RMB devoted to drinking water, heating, building improvement, and sport facility programs by the Special Programs Department
  • 3,800,000RMB distributed in financial aid in 2018 (spring and autumn semesters)

Even though we have made some progress, we know there is way more to be accomplished. Many kids are still in need of not only financial assistance but also spiritual guidance and encouragement. We have selected a letter from one of our supported students, which shows how appreciated they are to your generous help.

Our 2018 annual fund drive has started and the 1-on-1 Sponsorship Program opens to all on November 23rd, 2018; we invite you to join us!

OCEF

Student's Letter (page 1)
Student's Letter (page 1)
Student's Letter (page 2)
Student's Letter (page 2)

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Overseas China Education Foundation

Location: Houston, Texas - USA
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Linfeng Zhang
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