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[2013-04-29] Shin Shin School Affected Slightly by the Earthquake

On April 20, a major earthquake shook the core of the Lushan county in Ya'an, Sichuan Province in China. According to Sichuan Online, by April 25th noon, a total of 3566 aftershocks have occurred. In Ya'an, 176 people died, 19 people are missing, 1520 thousands people were affected, of which more than 12 thousands people were injured, and the direct economic losses amounting to tens of billions.

Shin Shin Educational Foundation helped constructed totally 31 schools in Sichuan and 5 schools in Chongqing. The closest Shin Shin school to the earthquake's epicenter Ya'an is an elementary school located in a town called Muping in Baoxing County.
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[2012-10-26] Impressions and Thoughts: Visiting Schools in Guangxi, Hunan and Jilin ---by Volunteers Jenny Lin and Christina Simons

We never expected to learn so much about Chinaʼs culture, history, and people in eleven days. Our stay in the provinces was constantly colored by the inspiring stories exchanged by new friends, the massive efforts of the volunteers and schools, and the overwhelming curiosity and excitement shown by the children.

Each day included meeting children, teachers, principals and government officials; and sharing in their excitement while viewing renovated school buildings, updated school programming and new educational initiatives. We spent eleven days visiting a total of ten schools in the Guangxi, Hunan and Jilin provinces. As we travelled, we noticed that the conditions of the rural classrooms vary greatly. Some children may attend a school without running water, while others use bathrooms which consists of ground holes and crumbling bricks, and then others only use the nets on the basketball hoops for in school matches to keep them from wearing out.
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[2012-09-14] President Steve Ting's Third Trip in the West: Qinghai Schools

From Sept 12 to 14, President Steve Ting visited five schools in Qinghai Province, which has a population of more than 5.6 million with a relatively low income per capita, ranked second to last in China.

Travelled from its capital city Xi-ning, they visited four Shin Shin schools for minorities (one for Tibetans, three for Tu), and one school not sponsored by Shin Shin. Similar to the schools in Xinjiang and Ningxia, these schools have smaller student number with modest school buildings in comparison to those schools located in other parts of China. One reason is that there are far fewer residents in the west. Another reason, as part of the Chinese central government educational policy, is that the local government relocates higher grade students to bigger schools where better resources are available, therefore, leaving smaller schools with lower grade students (preschool and first to second grades) who have difficulty to walk long distance to schools or live in dormitories. So far, these bigger schools are not part of Shin Shin's network. As this phenomenon continues, Shin Shin needs to grasp this situation and come up with a solution and a long-term strategic plan, in order to deliver our overall mission and reach our objective of helping the rural or remote schools to catch up with the quality of education in urban schools.
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