Northwest China’s Gansu Province has attached great importance to enlarging access to education, especially among students from impoverished areas, and supporting the construction of facilities on local campuses over the past few years, say officials.
The province recently released a guideline on winning the battle against poverty reduction in education. It also released a three-year action plan to eliminate poverty with an emphasis on education, a list of educational responsibilities and accountabilities in lifting target groups out of poverty, along with many other related policies and regulations.
Gansu has organized several inspection teams to make assessments on the progress of local governments in several key areas.
Moreover, as of May, the region had invested roughly 22.6 billion yuan to improve the teaching facilities in 11,926 elementary and secondary schools and benefited 2.58 million students in economically underdeveloped areas.
Meanwhile, this year Gansu has already implemented an initiative to recruit 2,800 graduate students to act as teachers, built 1,500 dormitories for 3,000 teachers, and provided students and teachers with heating facilities in far-off rural elementary and secondary schools in 23 key counties.
Local governments have prioritized the building of kindergartens in rural areas and the distribution of financial assistance to students from certified impoverished families.
Officials from Gansu were invited to share their practices and experiences on the reduction of poverty with a focus on education with officials from other provincial regions at the national education conference held in Beijing in September.
(Source: gsrb.gansudaily.com.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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