Rural schools in Southwest China's Sichuan Province have further narrowed the gap with their urban counterparts in all aspects over the past few years, thanks to the efforts of local government in education-oriented poverty relief.
Zitong Central Elementary and Secondary School, in the isolated rural township of Zitong in the impoverished district of Tongchuan, reflects the noticeable progress that has occurred.
So far, local district-level government has allocated roughly 10 million yuan to build or upgrade infrastructure and facilities at the school.
Today's students have access to a children's palace, a multimedia classroom, library, running tracks and purified drinking water.
Meanwhile, students there have made remarkable progress in their academic studies and extracurricular activities since Li Xialing, a graduate of Chongqing Normal University, and her Central African husband, who studied four years in international finance at Baoding-based Hebei University, went to the school several years ago.
Li has chosen to stay behind with students and held a strong belief in the realization of her personal dream in the rural school, even though several urban schools have extended their letters of invitation in recognition of her outstanding performance.
In the meantime, her husband has been committed to promoting the popularity of hockey and football amongst rural students there.
A hockey delegation formed by local girls ranked first place in a team of contest with all other players from urban schools in Dazhou last month.
Many local students said that participation in hockey and football classes has further disciplined them and nurtured their spirit of teamwork and sense of cooperation, besides boosting their academic performance and freeing them from addiction to online games.
Du Haiyang, the Party chief of the district, said the region would beef up its efforts in the improvement of its educational resources in rural areas and lift more people out of poverty with an emphasis upon education in the following three years.
(Source: People's Daily/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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