Ms. Zhou provides mental and psychological counseling for woman in rural areas. In this update, she reflects on how a burdensome lecture she needed to give eventually became an unexpected blessing. Learn more about Ms. Zhou and her work here!
Although I was already overwhelmed with preparing for upcoming lectures in Nanchang City, I agreed anyway to visit the QianXi Teachers’ Education Institute and give a talk highlighting the importance of mental health issues and interpersonal communication skills.
This was my first time training people who were teachers of other local teachers. A total of 50 people came out for the talk, which lasted two hours. It was an intimidating two hours - 50 pairs of eyes were glued on me from beginning to end, and I didn't get a single moment of rest.
After the class concluded, many of the teachers offered encouraging feedback. They included:
“This lecture will be a milestone for QianXi education. It is of great significance and of great impact to our education methodology!"
"This is just the information that we wanted - the details, truths, principles, and individual stories. It quenched our thirst!"
"Your expertise in this area will bring you jobs, reward you with a happy life, and make you into a role model for all the teachers of this county."
And, to my delight, a male teacher commented, "From now on, I will help my wife with some household chores, and never again will I have to care about little, trivial things..."
It seems that in spite it appearing as a burden in the beginning, the lecture ended up being a blessing not just for QianXi's teachers, but also for me. Some leaders from the community who attended the lecture even said they would work to promote mental health education, and they hoped to schedule an appointment to continue deeper conversations with me.
Although I wasn't financially compensated, the dinner was excellent! Thirteen different leaders from the community dined with me. I don't know how to do too many things, but one thing I do know how to do is lecture - and I'm going to continue it for as long as I can!
The original article was written by Ms. Zhou; translated by TFish staff Shishi Ma; edited by U.S. intern Kevin Mo.
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