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Unsung heroes: A school at home

10-06-2012 12:27 BJT

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By CCTV reporter Shi Wenjing

In a remote village of southwest China’s Sichuan province, a retired teacher has picked up his pen again to tutor children whose parents leave for work in the cities. He uses most of his pension for this cause. And for the past ten years, his own yard has not only become a fun school for those children, but also a sweet home.

For 75-year-old Song Diquan, a busy day lies ahead.

It’s the first day of tutorial classes since the start of the summer holidays.

There are about forty students here, ranging from grade one to grade three. Most of their parents are migrant workers living in big cities. Only their grandparents take care of them. But their grandparents can’t help them much with their studying.

In a remote village of southwest China’s Sichuan province, 75-year-old Song
Diquan, a retired teacher has picked up his pen again to tutor children whose
parents leave for work in the cities.

Song is happy to see his students growing in numbers, but he is also worried.

Song Diquan, Retired Teacher, said, "I can afford to teach some of them, setting up desks and chairs for them. But now the class is expanding, I’m worried about not having enough facilities. Fortunately local schools have donated 20 sets of desks and chairs to us."

Most of these children live far from Song’s house, so Song also provides them with a free lunch. His wife told us he takes two-thirds of his pension to buy food for his students.

Song also sticks to his own way of teaching.

Song Diquan, said, "Most students here are growing up without parents’ guidance, so they are not always confident with themselves. I noticed that, so I give them a lot of praise when they make progress. Even if it’s a tiny one. Gradually, you’ll find they show real interest in learning."

In a remote village of southwest China’s Sichuan province, 75-year-old Song
Diquan, a retired teacher has picked up his pen again to tutor children whose
parents leave for work in the cities.

And some students find more interest than that.

Li Jialu, Student, said, "I like taking tutorial classes here. I really improved my maths and got the highest score in my class. Apart from that, I can play with other students, it’s better than staying at home alone."

This is the 5th year Song has run these classes. And he says he would continue to devote his life to education.

Song’s care and encouragement gives these children motivation to learn, but more than that, he gives them the warmth of home.

In a remote village of southwest China’s Sichuan province, 75-year-old Song
Diquan, a retired teacher has picked up his pen again to tutor children whose
parents leave for work in the cities. He uses most of his pension for this cause.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CCTV.com

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