Relocated children in Sichuan get better education

2021-03-11 Editor : Ji Xiang ECNS App Download

(ECNS) -- Some students dressed in traditional Chinese costume Hanfu are attending morning reading, with their voices echoing in the schoolyard of Wenxing Primary School in Sichuan.

In order to solve the problem of children's education following a large-scale relocation program as part of the country's efforts to eradicate poverty, Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture has built a number of schools.

Yuexi County in the prefecture has two newly-built schools. One is Wenxing Primary School, covering an area of 65 Mu(about 4.33 hectares), was officially put into use in Sept. 2019.

Adjoining the largest relocation site, the new school has 1,533 students from relocated families, among a total of 2,755 students.

"I used to spend 1 hour getting to school, having to climb over a mountain. Now it just takes me 5-6 minutes," said Pan Xiaoling, a fifth grader at Wenxing Primary School. 

Apart from the improvement of study environment, Wenxing Primary School has offered lessons in martial arts, football, basketball, traditional Chinese studies, coding courses. After school, teachers would visit homes of their students.

Home visiting covers pupils who moved from other 98 schools dispersing among 38 impoverished villages and towns, according to principal Meng Xianlin.

Just 10 minutes' drive from Wenxing Primary School, Wenchang Middle School covers 85 mu (5.67 hectares), with 3,799 students from 1,536 relocated households.

"We have multimedia lessons, which we would never expected before. I'm very happy with my life now," said Waer Wuniu (pinyin), a student at the school.

Waer Wuniu is to sit the high school entrance examination in three months. She has confidence in her performances and is eager to explore the outside world.

As of November 2020, altogether 51,858 children from poverty-stricken families in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture had been relocated and received compulsory education, with enrolment rate in the public schools reaching 100 percent.


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