Poor rural primary schools in west China are generally facing the problems of shortage of teachers, laggard infrastructure and low teaching quality. There is also a chasm between rural children in poverty and urban children in terms of digital coverage. Targeting the problems above, CDRF initiated the E-Learning Program in West China Rural Primary Schools and piloted the program in Ledu, Qinghai Province and Songtao, Guizhou Province. Eight primary schools, with a total number of 500 teachers and students participated in this program. This pilot project is composed of two parts: virtual classrooms and after-school study using tablets. Each participating teacher and student will receive a tablet for after-school review and homework. Key primary schools in nearby towns will provide the participating schools in villages with teaching resources. Students from participating schools in villages share classrooms with students in key primary schools online via the simultaneous virtual classrooms, and participated in class discussions from the other end of the cable. The tablets distributed to the participating students will help them preview and review the classes using study applications pre-installed in the devices. The tablets will also help them develop individual interests and potential, and facilitate communications among classmates and teachers. The piloting period of the program is three years, with a goal to fill the digital coverage and teaching quality gaps between students in urban and rural China.
About CDRFThe China Development Research Foundation (CDRF) is a public foundation initiated by the Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC). Its mission is to advance good governance and public policy to promote economic development and social progress.