Green Wind Education Assistance promotes education in rural areas, through instilling the values and the joys of studying among children and through raising awareness among parents so that they will support their children in their educational pursuits.
Promoting rural education is a difficult business, as many people - including the teachers and the parents - hold a particular view as to what is best for their children and students. Most of them think that extracurricular books are not regular books and that only textbooks are capable of teaching the children. However, books like children's literature and picture books do influence children to study and understand the world around them. We hope to set up a room in the village school, filled with many different kinds of books, so that they will learn to share, think, imagine, and grow.
During the promotional phase of our project, we were met with resistance from most of the rural teachers and parents. It seemed difficult for them to accept and understand what we were trying to do. Most of them believed that extracurricular reading, whether children’s literature or picture books, were sources of distraction for the children. They thought that textbooks were the only books worth being read. However, we insisted and pushed forward, for we knew that these extracurricular books could really benefit the children. We will try our best to communicate with the school and build them a library, allowing more children to enjoy the books that they like. We hope that the children will be able to enjoy the pleasures of reading, learn to share, be thankful, and to think through reading books.
Original article written by Xingmei Quan, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang.
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