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RCEF Teacher Training 2011
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Amy Chao (Chao Foundation)
Sun Huimiaoâ€™s Teacher Training 2012
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About the NGO
Introduction TFish Strategic Partner for: 1 month
About: RCEF is an international non-profit organization dedicated
to promoting education for people in rural China that empowers
them to improve their lives and communities. We support rural edu-
cators to develop teaching methods and curriculum in line with our mission.
Why Rural Education? About 60% of China’s elementary-school-aged children, or, 63 mil-
lion children, attend village elementary schools (Ministry of Education, China Educational Statistics Yearbook 2009). Studies have
shown that in some rural areas, nearly half of rural students do not go on to high school, in stark contrast to urban areas where most children finish high school. The primary reason for this is not financial difficulty but lack of relevance that schoolwork has to students’
future prospects and the kinds of teaching methods used (Institute of Rural Education, Northeast Normal University study 2009).
To improve rural education, quality teachers are needed but the
best teachers often flee to city schools where wages and conditions are better. National curriculum reforms launched in 2001 promote creativity and critical thinking but they have yet to trickle down to
rural educational practice because rural teachers lack the training,
resources and supportive environment that urban teachers have to change their practice. Thus, the well-meaning curriculum reform is ironically widening the already large gap between rural and urban
education. Providing rural youth with quality education relevant to
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their life needs is crucial to China’s future.
RCEF’s mission is to promote education for people in rural China that prepares them to improve their own lives and communities.
This Month’s Feature Story: Sun Huimiao
Before I first taught a drama class, I didn’t have a lot of confidence. I thought, how could I teach a university class having only graduated from high school myself, not to mention training other teachers? However, by teaching this drama class, I realized that I can do it, that I do have what it takes. Even though not all the teachers were too keen on me at first, it seemed that I had won at least a few of them over by the end. No matter what other people think though, I trust that, with enough practice, I will keep on improving. In the afternoon, Wendy and I prepared lunch for our students. We estimated around 20 people would attend our training session, so we reserved two tables with 10 dishes on each table. As it turned out, though, a few students were unable to attend, so Wendy asked me to cancel a couple of dishes. At the time, I thought this an impossible task, as the restaurant owner would surely not allow this. However, I decided to see this as a challenge to myself. I steeled myself, and said to the owner: “Can we cancel a couple of dishes? A few members of our group couldn’t make it.” She answered somewhat displeased: “The food has already been all chopped up!” So I said: “But it hasn’t been cooked yet, right? Please do us this favour!” In the end, she agreed and cancelled those two dishes for us. A short while later, my boss asked me to cancel another two dishes. I really didn’t want to have to do it! But I decided to see this as another challenge. It seemed that last time I had left quite an impression on the owner, as she was very happy to help. I almost couldn’t believe it! Through this little episode, I proved to myself that I could face these sorts of challenging tasks, and I trust I will get better and better at facing them.
Quarterly Transparency Rating
Income Statement (Q4 2011)
Disclosure of total revenue, expenditure and cash balance (and a clear breakdown of expenses) Detailed list of donors and donation amounts Agreed to independent TFish audit Sign-off from organization’s representative Itemized expenditures and receipts Performance on key project indicators
Monthly case stories and project progress reports (with updates on the beneficiaries if applicable)
Key Project Indicators
Revenue TFish Funding Other Revenue Total Revenue
5000 0 0
Expenses Program Expenses Administrative Expenses All Other Expenses Total Expenses
1920 0 0 1920
Expense Breakdown (Q4 2011)
Sector: Rural Education 2011 Q4 Number of class sections completed
Number of activities organized/participated
Key Milestones •
Sun Huimiao begins training at the Yunnan Development Institute
• Through attendance of educational develop ment courses, Sun Huimiao trains her ana lytical thinking skills, and strengthens her abil ity to use words to describe her achieve ments.
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Program Expenses (100%) Administra7ve Expenses (0%) All Other Expenses (0%)