Mingda School is in Xiji County, Ningxia province and pays attention to rural education in northwest of China, in particular English education. The School provides a relaxing and healthy education environment for the left-behind children living in rural areas.
Winter holiday is late in 2014. When we were preparing activities during winter holiday, the students were preparing for their final exam. When we came to the project site and held the first activity in the new year, most of the children were waiting for their final scores.
We were not in rush. As I was born and grew up in the village, I understood situations. In a few days, the children would come back with their exam scores. At that time, Mingda will be the place they want to visit most. We were doing preparation for their coming. Thank TFish who bought an induction cooker for us.
We enjoy the convenience which improves our serve enthusiasm. We prepare lessons, eat and talk together. We also discussed the issues on development of Guanshan district, improvement of accompany for left-behind children and teenagers and home visit. I have some of my own ideas. In rural areas, we should care more about the internal development of the students, instead of school grades. We should pay more attention to the students’ behaviors, instead of how many English words they memorize. I know some parents have different ideas or even opposite opinions, but I still insist on my own ways. I will not follow their likes or just copy from the school.
In this money-centered society, each of us tries to get what we want, but in rural areas, the children are fighting against their fate toughly. Their goal is to get rid of poverty. In the city, most of the children work to achieve the goal made by their parents. Parents are steering their dream from kindergarten to university. Anyway, the dreams of rural children belong to their own dreams, though their parents urge them to study hard before being admitted by university. In the city, parents paved a way for their children with all kinds of connections. In rural areas, the children have to decide their own future. In comparison, the later may have more happiness.
For the rural areas, poverty is an obstacle. We are hopeful. Though there are difficulties, we still provide spiritual food for the children. We hope to provide a relaxing place for the children to learn. Study is an activity, instead of a burden. If the children start to feel that study is a kind of burden, study has lost its original meaning.
Original article written by Fangding Zhang, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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