Mountain-logged students to receive free education in cities

16:47, March 28, 2011      

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Shijiazhuang in Hebei Province recently launched the "Poverty Alleviation Education Project" to help more than 20,000 primary school students and middle school students receive free education in cities in the next two or three years.

The project involves a total of 45 villages and towns in six counties in the mountainous areas of Shijiazhuang and covers a total of 600,000 people.

Currently, the project is arranging education for nearly 16,000 primary school students and more than 8,000 middle school students.

The project focuses on guiding students that did not attend high school to receive vocational education or vocational training while promoting poverty alleviation by encouraging the people living in mountain areas to move to cities and towns.

The project requires 860 million yuan of investments to construct, reconstruct and broaden a total of 56 primary schools and middle schools. The Shijiazhuang municipal government will provide 60 million yuan each year as subsidies to support school construction. Shijiazhuang will also provide financial support for the project through various channels such as financial support for poverty alleviation projects from higher authorities, organizing corporate donations and social fundraising, as well as giving discounted government loans.

The project plans to complete the construction of new middle schools and the reconstruction and improvement of primary schools by the end of August in 2012.

The expansion of vocational education centers in six counties is also expected be complete by the end of August 2013 in order to meet the needs of receiving students from the mountain areas.

By Zhang Hongyu, People’s Daily Online

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