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.
I felt somewhat worried about beginning this topic. I was planning to teach the students about puberty. When I talked about it with the volunteers, they blushed. They asked me why we should talk about this subject with the children in remote areas. Why not? Why can't children in the remote areas accept such basic education?
I remembered when I was a middle school student, our teacher asked us to read books about puberty. But most of the students would only do the required homework, chat, or play, so I did not receive any education about puberty when I was a teenager. When I finally reached university, I found I had missed out on knowledge that I should have gained in middle school by reading those books.
Though the mountainous areas tend to have more conservative thoughts, we still hope our children can gain knowledge that is appropriate for their age. We should not avoid this important topic.
Though it was a lecture, the content was related to physical health. The volunteers attended this lecture with the students. They were told to speak freely, using words that they were normally too shy to speak. The children realized that there was nothing to be worried about.
Original article written by Fangding Zhang, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Vanne He
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