[Rural China Education Fund (RCEF) is a non- profit organization that promotes education for people in rural China. Huimiao Sun is a teacher from RCEF who works in these areas, teaching children basic level of education. She regularly writes blogs and posts them on the website toumingyu.org (the Chinese branch of Transparent Fish), where it is taken and translated by a U.S. Intern. Below is one of Ms. Sun's recent blog posts.]
This week, our focus point is on Civil Society by Lao Mo. So what is civil society? Civil society is a type of social governance. It gives the citizens space to move about freely, enabling them to participate more actively in public affairs. Usually, the government and the market are the two main forces of society. The more developed a country is, the greater the citizen participation and community efforts. In a developing country, there is a small government and a large society. On the contrary, in a third world country, there is a big government, but a small community.
Civil society can lead a country towards the direction of justice and fairness. The main values of civil society are reflected through three aspects: rights, participation, and tolerance. The “rights” that are spoken of here are in existence to protect an individual’s rights and values, but their individual rights and values are achieved through the community. “Participation” refers to groups that contribute in developing themselves and their community. “Tolerance” means the acceptance of social diversity and differences, the act of understanding, and compromising.
[Summary: the following is a short reflection written by a teacher about the importance of education in the home. This teacher works for RCEF, which seeks to empower rural students through education. For more information on the organization, please go here.]
Zhang Long transferred to our class in the third grade. In the beginning, it was really hard to get a word out of him. I brought him a book Journey to the West
, but he was too shy to open the it. When I opened to a page for him, he was too shy to go on, only using the tip of a pen to flip the pages for a peek. Later, I found that he couldn’t jump with both feet in PE class. After class, he only played with his old friends. With all those observations, I visited his home. I found that his parents were normal and hospitable. While looking around, I saw that floor was covered with so much cotton peels that there was no room to place my feet. A table at the corner of the house had a cooker on it. A heat-able brick bed displayed a messy cotton-padded mattress. After finding out more about his family, I learned that the economic situation was not too bad. So what led to the child’s current condition?