The nonprofit "Light of Love", is a volunteer group established in 2008 by students in China Pharmaceutical University. The group aims to develop health education in rural areas in Western China to teach people to safely use medicine.
19th Sept. 2012, Wednesday, Sunny
Interviewees: Zhao Yutian and her family members
Visiting teacher: Zhao Kaihong
Zhao Yutian is a beautiful, but quiet girl who has become sluggish and cannot hand in her homework timely and properly. Her downcast condition got our attention, and we decided to go for a home-visiting to help Yutian and learn more about her family’s condition. We hope that with the family’s help, she can catch up with the others as soon as possible.
After school, we went to Yutian’s home and her grandma showed us in. It is a very simple, crude home, with only several domestic appliances. Grandma sobbed out Yutian’s situation:a once happy family had been ruined by the parents’ divorce. Yutian’s mother left this family, and her father also went out for job. Her grandparents have to do farm work as well as take care of the family chores. They have limited energy in helping Yutian with her studies. Many times, they found that Yutian crying quietly and shouting for her mother and father. On hearing this, our eyes got wet.
Now I realize that what Yutian needs most is our understanding. We should not push her to be a good compliant girl. Instead, we should give her more concern and try to understand her difficulties. Education should be people-oriented, giving more encouragement and correcting her mistakes timely are very helpful. Children of Yutian’s age are very plastic, they are vulnerable to any small harmful things. The ultimate goal of education is to see whether or not our educational methods and content works well with students.
Home-visiting is a good chance to understand students and their family conditions without any distance. We give them our attention and care. Communication with their family members is conducive to help students with joint efforts.
Original article was written by Ye Lei, translated by Shishi Ma, and edited by US interns Isabel Auyeung and Lauren Kam.
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