ACWF Official Inspects Lifelong Learning Program in Shanghai

July 20, 2016
Editor: Eileen Cheng
ACWF Official Inspects Lifelong Learning Program in Shanghai

Jiao Yang, vice-president and member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), convenes a conference on July 19 on the women's lifelong learning program in Shanghai. [Women Voice]

 

Jiao Yang, vice-president and member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), paid an inspection visit to Shanghai from July 18-19 to learn about the city's lifelong learning scheme for women.

Shanghai Women's Federation and Shanghai Open University jointly started the scheme in 2012 and have since offered 136 courses in various fields. Around 120,000 women attend classes each year.

So far, more than 1,000 migrant workers have received diplomas from vocational colleges, thanks to the free education.

Zhou Dongxiu, a woman from a rural area in the eastern province of Anhui, has become the director of four housekeeping service chain stores that employ over 8,000 people in Shanghai, after joining the first lifelong learning class four years ago and acquiring the knowledge and skills needed.

"I once worked as a babysitter and a construction worker, and even collected scraps to earn more in the hardest time," she told Jiao. "But now I've bought my own house and car in the metropolis and my daughter has become a business trainer after graduation."

Jiao expressed joy at the notable achievements of Zhou. She also applauded the progress of many others who are also prospering thanks to the project.

"The women's lifelong learning program must meet the real needs of grassroots women and keep seeking new methods based on the internet," the ACWF official requested.

"I hope women's federations at all levels will make concerted efforts to achieve more innovation and constant progress," she added.

Directors of the pilot project from seven cities including Beijing, Tianjin and Shenzhen also gathered in Shanghai to share their practices and experience during Jiao's visit.

 

ACWF Official Inspects Lifelong Learning Program in Shanghai

Zhou Dongxiu (R), a former rural woman from east China's Anhui Province, shows Jiao pictures of her housekeeping service company in Shanghai. [Women Voice]

ACWF Official Inspects Lifelong Learning Program in Shanghai

Attendees at the conference [Women Voice]

ACWF Official Inspects Lifelong Learning Program in Shanghai

Attendees at the conference [Women Voice]

 

(Source: Women Voice/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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