Technology Brings Teachers To Village Schools
2019-10-28
In Lawugan Village in the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Qinghai Province, students are taking their classes for several subject without the teacher actually being present in the same classroom. Because of a shortage of teachers for the small village school, which has around 115 students but only seven teachers, the online lesson-sharing platform was introduced into the school to narrow the overwhelming gap in education quality between urban schools and rural community schools.
 
 Students learning in the new classrooms at the Lawugan Village Primary School
Students learning in the new classrooms at the Lawugan Village Primary School
 
The online lesson-sharing platform, which was introduced into rural schools in the Tibetan areas of Chinese provinces in 2013, allows students to take courses in mathematics, arts and literature, and the Tibetan language. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, the school in this small Tibetan village has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Set up in 1962 inside a cave on the mountain just behind where the current school sits, the original school was run by a local teacher, Ngog Nang, and contained just 20 students. The cave school was known in the village as the “grotto school”, and the small cave was barely large enough for the students to crowd into.
 
 Devastation from the 2010 earthquake in Yushu
Devastation from the 2010 earthquake in Yushu
 
With an altitude of around 4,000 meters above sea level, Lawugan Village is one of the most remote rural communities in Yushu, and the original school building, which was built in the 1970s, was destroyed in the great earthquake in Yushu in 2010. The village was devastated by the earthquake and the resulting aftershocks, but with the help of support from the government and the local communities, the students were soon taking their classes again in tents near the original school site. The new school building was rebuilt a year later, and the Lawugan Village Primary School has gone from a grotto school in a cave to a modern and functioning school with modern technology.
 
 A teacher instructing a student at the Lawugan Village primary school in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture
A teacher instructing a student at the Lawugan Village primary school in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture
 
While the school has undergone many changes over the last 50 years, the one thing that has not changed in the village is the dedication of its teachers. Their devotion to impart knowledge, educate the local children of the community, and fuel the curiosity of the children has remained unchanged since the first cave school was begun. Incomes of the teachers have also increased over the years, from the voluntary schoolteacher that started the school to teachers in the village school now earning regular incomes of up to 6,000 yuan a month.
 
 Nine years on, Yushu has recovered from the devastation of the 2010 earthquake
Nine years on, Yushu has recovered from the devastation of the 2010 earthquake
 
The school is popular among the farmers and herdsmen of the Yushu area, whose children travel up to 30km to attend the school daily. Some of the parents have even gone so far as to rent houses or pitch the traditional nomadic tents closer to the school to better support the education of their children. One of the main aims of the parents of these lucky children is to see them attend a university someday, and build a better future for themselves.
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