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Iranian Peyam sets up English school in Yinchuan, NW China (13)

People's Daily Online)  15:15, December 13, 2012

Peyam, president of Smile English School, works in his office in Yinchuan, capital of northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, March 15, 2012. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)

Peyam comes from Iran. He and his wife came to Yinchuan in 1997, with the encouragement of the Bahai faith and his family members. Despite the harsh living conditions in Yinchuan in the 1990s, Peyam learned Mandarin, the Chinese language, and decided to stay in Yinchuan since then.

"The development of Chinese economy is so quick that we decided to stay for another year to see what will happen," said Peyam. Now it is the 15th year since Peyam lived and created a career in China.

Gradually, Peyam found the business opportunity in Yinchuan. In 2004, Peyam opened a school named Smile English School in Yinchuan, offering personal and specifically-designed English courses to pupils, middle school students and adults. As the headmaster of Smile English School, Peyam is very busy every day, training foreign and Chinese teachers as well as meeting with parents of his students at scheduled time.

Colleagues at the school say Peyam is a nice person with great interest in English education. Teacher Eric from the United States said that Peyam has special ways to make students learn English and he is an ambitious man who aims at enlarging the Smile English School.

Peyam has three children, Bai Yun, Bai Lu and Bai Long. His daughter Bai Lu and youngest son Bai Long were born in China. Usually after school, Peyam would play music with his children or go to local gym to play badminton with friends.

At the same time Peyam enjoy the daily life in Yinchuan, he and his school face competition from other English teaching schools. Peyam wishes that through his carefully-designed teaching plan and the devotion of all staff members at the school, Smile English School will attract more and more students.

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