The Rural China Education Foundation (RCEF) recently received a grant in the amount of $33,000 from the Tang Family. The grant will help in continuing the mission and development of RCEF by supporting Rural Education Fellows developing innovative curriculum and teaching methods in Shanxi Province.
Rural China is home to about one in every ten people on earth and to more than 150 million school-aged children—a staggering number, comparable to half the entire U.S. population. Read more in this article about RCEF's mission and work published in Solutions Journalhere.
Promoting reading for fun—not just academics—is a relatively new philosophy in Chinese schools. This semester, staff of RCEF spin-off Starfish Rural Youth Cultural Research Center attended conferences and visited schools that are developing various kinds of curriculum for reading classes. The annual conference hosted by the Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation brought together most of the NGOs and schools piloting reading and library programs in China.
We just heard the shocking news of the passing of Liu Laoshi, a good friend and mentor of RCEF. Liu Laoshi was a teacher and rural development worker who trained and influenced hundreds of village leaders and university students in China.
RCEF has received generous support from the TAG Philanthropic Foundation and the Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation in 2011. We are grateful for the support of these education-minded family foundations which have extended their resources to support RCEF's work for multiple years!
As the end of 2010 approaches, we've prepared an Annual Report to share RCEF's accomplishments over the past year. Thank you for your interest in our innovative curriculum and teacher training model. As always, we welcome your feedback and partnership in advancing quality education for rural Chinese children. Happy holidays and best wishes for the new year!