Boli'ergu (L) with her father in front of their newly-constructed home. [scol.com.cn]
Boli'ergu, a young lady from the Yi ethnicity, has become the first female from her impoverished hometown to become a college student.
Her birthplace is located deep in a village in Xide County, a mountainous region of Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China's Sichuan Province,
There used to be no easy access for the small village to be connected with the outside world, and due to financial constraints and outdated mindsets, most parents refused to send their children to school when Boli'ergu was a kid.
Her father was an exception, however, even though the economic condition of her family was no better than their neighbors.
In 2001, Boli'ergu was the only student from her village to attend a local elementary school, out of over 20 school-age children who grew up around her.
However, the path to her boarding school was never easy. It took her about four hours to walk through the mountains before taking a bus to reach her destination in a local township. That was just a single trip between home and school, and she had to go back and forth every week.
Boli'ergu recalled that some classmates in the elementary school often cast doubts about her family's economic condition, since they said that only those households with sufficient incomes can allow their children to pursue education.
Moreover, when Boli'ergu was in senior middle school, her father was even advised to halt her education on the grounds that there was no prospect for entering college.
In 2014, she was finally admitted into a Nanchong-based medical college. Right now, Boli'ergu is undergoing an internship in a hospital in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan.
When talking about her future plan, she said she would return to Liangshan and try to land a job in the nearby city of Xichang after graduation this year.
Boli'ergu explained that positive changes had taken place at her village in recent years.
A rising number of local families have realized the importance of education and sent their children to school.
Apart from being connected to the outside world with convenient transport, the village has built its own primary school, which allows local children to receive education in both Mandarin and the Yi language.
In addition, under the support of local authorities and poverty relief schemes, all impoverished families have moved into newly-constructed homes.
(Source: scol.com.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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