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CLIP 3592

University students sign up to work with the Yi minority in the mountains (pt 3/4)

University students sign up to work with the Yi minority in the mountains (pt 3/4)
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Key Info
  • University students sign up to work with the Yi minority in the mountains (pt 3/4)
  • Duration: 04:30
  • Although pupils show a thirst for knowledge, they receive little support from home. For their parents, these children could be of greater help to the family by saving on school fees and working the land. Although the Chinese government gives aid to these remote areas, it is clearly not enough and families lead a tough life, scraping together only enough to feed themselves. Quite how tough is something that the student teachers discover for themselves when they settle into their temporary home. There are no toilets, no entertainment and even the electricity supply is unreliable. But they have made a commitment to stick it out to the end and to do a good job.
  • Subject:

    Chinese

       Topic:

    School

  • Keywords: school fees, government aid
Ideas for use in class
  • Discussion on the conflict that rural parents face between sending their children to school and keeping them at home to work the land. This clip was made in 2004, when school fees were still charged at primary and secondary levels. Since September 2008, however, the 9-year period of compulsory schooling has been free to all children.
Background details
  • Clip language : Chinese
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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