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Zheng Hong: For children of migrant workers

09-12-2013 10:19 BJT Special Report: Chinese Dream |

Editor’s note

Dr. Zheng Hong, the principle of Dandelion School, used to be an associate professor at the China University of Geosciences in 1980s. She moved to the US for study and got involved in NGO work, focusing on women and children.

After obtaining her Masters in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School, Dr. Zheng went back to China and found the Dandelion School in 2005.

The campus was built on an abandoned factory site in Beijing’s Daxing District. At the beginning, the campus only contained the front yard. A Few years later, the middle and back yard were added.

Built on an abandoned factory site in Daxing District, the Dandelion School is the very first and only middle school established specifically for children from low-income migrant families in Beijing. Its founder and principle, Dr. Zheng Hong, spent half a year to establish the school in 2005 with the help of teachers, staff, volunteers, and donors.

Nowadays, about one-tenth of the entire Chinese population, or about 130 million people, are either migrant workers or children of migrant workers. Living under the constraints of poverty, these children can hardly receive an adequate education. Indeed, there are more and more schools opening for them, but since middle schools definitely cost more, most are primary schools.

Dr. Zheng used to be an associate professor at the China University of Geosciences in 1980s. She moved to the US for further studies and got involved in NGO work, focusing on women and children. After earning her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School, she went back to China and devoted herself to the spread of education. At the end of the interview, we asked about her Chinese Dream.

"The purpose of education to have a school is to help, to guide young adults to grow healthy in term of their body and their mentality and exercise most of their potential to become the new generation of citizen. As long as the students, they have gone through the education from Dandelion, I want them to become the backbone of the society. It doesn’t mean you have to be rich, or with power in the government or something; as long as you are righteous, you have ported the influence to people around you. I think that’s what most needed in China. And that’s the very basic responsibility for our school," she said.

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