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.
It’s the time that we can access to all knowledge, but there are still some children who cannot read anything apart from their curriculum. The only books that they access are their text books which company them all day long. I could not help feeling sad from their sincerely eyes.
They read their text books day after day. They have nothing else to read. Even though, they still eager to learn. They focused on what I have told them beyond text books with curious and eyes wide open. I would like to describe them as hungry as a wolf, fearing their pray would be rubbed.
Yes, knowledge is their food and books are their fields. If you want the field to be more fertile, you have to read more books. However, it is a luxury hope for them. It’s difficult for them to find an extra-curriculum book to read. They would be greatly pleased if there’s a book to read. All students in a class would share it. Because of poverty, they could not afford to buy books. Because of poverty, they had to spend their time with text books. Some of children have been left at home, for their parents had to work in the city. There’s no one to care their study.
With books, we know and feel the world. When the children are facing the situation of no-books to read, we should do we can to help and make their life better. We initiated the activity named Books for Development, which aims to help the children to develop with the aid of “speechless teacher”.
Original article written by Ruiping Zhang, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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