Thursday, April 20th; China’s Divided Education System—Scott Rozelle and Ching Tien

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Date(s) - Thursday, April 20 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



  • How fair is the education system in China, and what hurdles face rural children in getting an education? Two rural education experts will discuss China’s schools and education system, as well as look at efforts made by the government to level the playing feel between villages and cities.

They will also consider the difficulties facing rural girls in particular, and the difficulties faced by school children in remote areas accessing adequate education. The event will be moderated by FCC board member and education writer Lenora Chu.
About The Speakers

Scott Rozelle is a professor at Stanford and co-director of the Rural Education Action Program in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. Scott’s work today is fully focused on China’s rural children and youth and the challenges that they face to be able to develop and thrive in terms of health, nutrition and education. REAP’s work shows that one of the most fundamental problems of China today is the inequality in human capital between rural and urban areas. From high school to junior high to primary school to Early Childhood Education, China’s schooling is failing rural children. Yet, as REAP’s work shows, there are solutions. Affordable and implementable if the government and society makes it a priority.

Scott is fluent in Chinese and is the chair of the International Advisory Board of the China Center for Agricultural Policy. Scott has received numerous honors and awards, including the Friendship Award, the highest award given to a non-Chinese by the Premier.

Ching Tien grew up in Beijing where she attended a privileged girls-only school where the daughters of Mao, Deng and other high-ranking communist officials attended. Like millions of other young people during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, her dreams of obtaining an education were swiftly shattered; instead of going to university, she was sent to Gansu Province, the poorest province in China. There, she worked in a factory for eight years. In the 1980s, Ching moved to Canada and has made Vancouver her home, where for more than 20 years, she owned and managed an art gallery. In 2005, Ching founded the charity Educating Girls of Rural China (EGRC). In 12 years EGRC works at a grassroots level in poverty-stricken rural regions of Western China. EGRC has provided financial sponsorship and moral support to 700 girls and young women with their high school and university educations, and boasts a graduation rate of over 99 percent.

Lenora Chu is a Chinese American writer and author of the upcoming book Little Soldiers, which tells the story of China’s education system through her perspective as a journalist and parent. It will be published by HarperCollins in September 2017. A resident of Shanghai since 2010, Lenora has worked as a television correspondent for Reuters and as a media consultant to universities and the private sector. Prior to that, she worked in the U.S. for 10 years as a reporter spanning print, web and broadcast, including a period as a political reporter with the Knight Ridder newspaper chain. She holds degrees from Stanford University and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Venue: Kartel – entry via Fifth Floor, 1 Xiangyang lu, near Julu Lu, Jingan district
Date: Thursday
, 20 April, 2017
7pm – 9pm (doors open at 7pm, talk starts at 7.30pm)
50RMB SFCC members; 150RMB non-members
Price includes one drink and canapés



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