"After they attended training here, the participants have become more understanding and tolerant in their personal lives. Moreover, their self-confidence and self-control ability have been elevated to a higher level," said Wang Xuemin, headmaster of a women's school in Chaoyang, a city in northeast China's Liaoning Province, with pride during a recent interview.
Wang, former president of the local women's federation, made the comments when talking about the positive changes brought about by her school to trainees.
During daily interactions, Wang found that both career women and full-time housewives had shown great eagerness towards academic learning and intended to enrich their lives. Yet there was no accessible channel for them to do so.
Under the support of Chaoyang Women's Federation, Wang founded the 22-faculty Chaoyang Fangde Women's School in June 2016, which was designed to deepen trainees' ideological and political knowledge, promote traditional Chinese culture, nurture positive social trends, and further local women's competence via the opening of multiple courses.
Officials and retirees from local government departments, along with educational experts and many others, have volunteered to be instructors in the school since its establishment. The school has attracted the participation of 575 trainees, which include governmental employees, teachers, doctors, students, farmers and grassroots officials in charge of women's affairs, in a total of 22 classes.
So far, the school has generated the anticipated results. In addition, trainees there have dedicated themselves to the assistance of elderly women and students from impoverished families.
The educational institute has become an innovative approach for Chaoyang Women's Federation to mobilize social forces in the promotion of its routine work, further strengthen its efforts to serve the public, and create a platform for local women to exchange and voice their thoughts.
Officials from Liaoning Women's Federation said that the school's success has been widely promoted in the entire province and continued that a total of 1,719 similar classes have opened to the public and attracted the attendance of 117,700 people to date.
(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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