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|Wednesday, October 25, 2000, updated at 13:18(GMT+8)|
Spring Bud Program Helps 35,000 Girls Return to SchoolsA program called "Spring Bud" has enabled 35,000 poor girls who have dropped out of school in northwest China's Gansu Province return to schools.
Since the program was carried out in 1993, the provincial women's federation in the economically underdeveloped province has raised 5.79 million yuan (about 700,000 U.S. dollars) and set up seven "Hope Schools" for the dropouts.
Lack of education has been a problem in the province, especially for girls. Before 1990, more than 80 percent of the dropouts were girls and 70 percent of the illiterates are women.
Thanks to the program, 121 "spring bud girl classes" were set up in 49 counties or cities.
The women's federation in the province has won support from the All-China Women's Federation, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Children's Foundation of China in carrying out the "Spring Bud" program.
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