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Education and Poverty Reduction in China

|Intro| |Trends in Poverty in Rural China| |Project on Financing of Compulsory Education in Rural China| |Project on Financial Assistance to Primary-School Children in Yunnan| |College Scholarship for Female Minority Students from Rural China| |Other Related Sources|

Project on Financial Assistance to Primary-School Children in Yunnan

This is a pilot project to provide financial assistance to children from poor households in Yunnan to enable them to go to primary school.  Directed by Professor Mun Tsang, the project is a collaborative effort between the Center on Chinese Education, Teachers College Columbia and the Education Society of Yunnan.

The project runs from September 2002 to July 2005.  The five poorest towns in Xundian County, Yunnan (He Kou, Dian Sha, Jin Yuan, Liu Xiao, and Lian He) have been identified for participation in this project.  Up to 5,100 student assistantships will be provided to eligible children in these towns during the project period.  Each student assistantship covers the private costs of miscellaneous school fees, textbooks and workbooks, and stationery.  The primary criterion is the income level of the concerned households (roughly below 400 yuan or US$50 per-capita per year in household net income) and children will be identified by principals and teachers of the project primary schools.

This project is made possible by a generous grant from the Schulz Charitable Foundation.  The entire grant will be distributed as student assistantships to children in Xundian County.  Both the Center on Chinese Education and the Education Society of Yunnan serve as volunteers and charge no fee for implementing the project.  Project fund goes from Teachers College to a special account of the Education Society of Yunnan and then to the project primary schools.  The fund will not be mixed with the education budget of the different levels of government in Yunnan.  The principals in project primary schools will use the fund to help selected children pay the private costs of schooling. The children and their families will not receive the fund directly so that they will not be able to use the fund for non-intended purposes.

For each selected child, a form will be filled out to provide basic information about the child and his/her family.  After receiving the assistantship, both the school principal and the child will sign the form.  Two copies of the signed form will be kept, one at the school and the other in the headquarters of the Education Society of Yunnan.  The Education Society of Yunnan will conduct periodic and random monitoring of the distribution of project fund; it will submit an annual report to the Center on Chinese Education.  The Center on Chinese Education can also conduct occasional project monitoring on its own.

This site will be updated periodically to provide additional information on the project.  For further inquires, interested parties are welcome to contact the Project Assistant,  Mr. Yanqing Ding ( yd2004@columbia.edu), 212-678-3814.

About Xundian County: Xundian is a Hui-Yi autonomous county located about 150 km northeast of Kunming, the provincial capital of Yunnan.  It is a nationally-designated poor county in China, with an average per-capital rural net income of 1,252 yuan in 2001.  98% of its total area of 3,598 square-km is hills and mountains.  Major agricultural products include corn, wheat, and potatoes.  At the end of 2001, the county had a total population of 496,000.   21.8% (about 108,000) of the total population were ethnic minorities, including the Hui, Yi, Miao, and other groups.  In 2002, the county has a total student enrollment of 91,126 in 474 schools (including teaching points) at various levels.  At the primary level, there are 438 schools (including teaching points) with 55,845 students.  47.1% of the students are female and 21.2% are ethnic minorities.  Xundian has 11 towns and 6 townships.  Uneven economic development within the county is reflected by large variation in per-capital rural net income among residents of the 17 towns/townships.  The provincial government of Yunnan has decided to concentrate its poverty-reduction effort at the five poorest towns/townships within the county: He Kou, Dian Sha, Jin Yuan, Liu Xiao, and Lian He. Please visit the Center Staff Visiting Xundian County.
 
List of Xundian educators who made significant contribution towards the successful completion of the project
资助寻甸县贫困家庭小学生项目实施工作先进个人名单
 

序 号

姓  名

性  别

民族

现任职务

所   在   单   位

1

马 金 华

汉 族

局  长

寻甸县教育局

2

龙    江

汉 族

办公室主任

寻甸县教育局办公室

3

保 德 贵

汉 族

教育科科长

寻甸县教育局教育科

4

余 乔 留

汉 族

科  员

寻甸县教育局教育科

5

李 学 平

汉 族

小学高级

寻甸县教育局教育科

6

李 金 所

汉 族

专  干

寻甸县河口乡中心学校

7

王 应 满

汉 族

教  师

寻甸县河口乡中心学校

8

马 仲 林

回 族

教导主任

寻甸县河口乡中心学校

9

李 慧 仙

汉 族

教  师

寻甸县六哨乡中心学校

10

普 德 荣

彝 族

教  师

寻甸县六哨乡大村完小

11

李 从 金

汉 族

教  师

寻甸县金源乡中心学校

12

杨 家 寿

汉 族

教  师

寻甸县金源乡中心完小

13

李 周 茹

汉 族

教  师

寻甸县甸沙乡中心学校

14

张 兴 华

汉 族

校  长

寻甸县甸沙乡中心完小

15

马 兴 川

汉 族

专  干

寻甸县联合乡中心学校

16

李 永 奇

汉 族

校  长

寻甸县联合乡中心学校

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Xundian educators with representatives from the Center on Chinese Education and Yunnan Education Society