RCEF staff and rural teachers attended the 2013 China Biennial Conference for Educational NGOs in Xi'an, China. The conference drew hundreds of staff from over 150 grassroots NGOs that focus on rural Chinese children's well-being and education. RCEF had productive conversations with many former and potential new project partners and benefited from the many vibrant discussions on topics ranging from children's literature to teacher training to the state of NGO development.
RCEF Program Director Cao Yang and Xiaochao Primary School teachers Ms. Shang Haokan and Ms. Ren Xiaolei attended the August 2013 meeting of "Embrace the Mother Tongue" in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. The meeting focused on children's literature, themed reading, novel reading and other curriculum developed by this organization which seeks to promote reading education for children throughout China's cities and villages. RCEF Rural Education Innovators will use the curriculum from this meeting to teach Reading Classes in Shanxi and Sichuan elementary schools this semester.
RCEF's story is featured in a new book called "A Guide to Giving" written by volunteers of the global organization Givology. RCEF's co-founders were interviewd about their experiences and practical advice about the process of starting an organization to work on improving educational quality. More information about the book is available here and below.
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.