Teacher Training

All seedlings need to be tended by gardeners. The expression “Sowers Action” means, while the seedlings requiring care refer to children and fenced-up patches refer to schools, sowers naturally refer to the teachers who care for the seedlings that grow inside the fenced-up patches. Since gardeners are responsible for nurturing the seedlings growing inside by providing them with water and fertilizers, their importance in the process of the growth is indisputable. Therefore, apart from providing monetary assistance to disadvantaged students and for the re-construction of dangerous school buildings, Sowers Action also implements schemes to assist teachers to undergo on-the-job-training.

In 1997, the organization launched the “Good Teacher Encouragement Scheme” and the “Reference Books Purchasing Scheme.” From county-level secondary schools in Hunan Province that were receiving assistance from Sowers Action, 20 good teachers were elected to receive a monetary award of RMB500. In addition, 15 schools were selected to each receive RMB1,000 for the purchase of reference books. This was done to boost the morale and improve the quality of teachers.

In 2000, Sowers Action started to co-operate with “Project Hope’s National Teacher Training Office” of the Youth Development Foundation of China to finance school principals and backbone teachers from impoverished counties to receive training in Shanghai and NanNing (GuanXi Province) on modern school management, teaching methodology, school maintenance and repair, computer and etc.

Student Sponsorship
Since China’s implementation of the “2 plus 1” waivers & subsidy policy in 2006, children from impoverished families in rural districts no longer need to pay school fees or book expenses, and even provided with living expenses subsidy to those might be in need. The policy aims to allow children from impoverished families to attend school (from primary 1 to primary 3) free of charge, which could make family income no longer a burden to schooling.

Sowers Action has, pursuant to the “2 plus 1” waivers & subsidy policy and China’s rural situation after the implementation of such policy, changed the original form of monetary assistance provided to the students as a subsidy aiming to counteract the book and miscellaneous expenses burdens to easing their living expenses of staying at school of the students.
Special Education
Schools and Facilities Construction

Most of China's remote mountainous regions inhabited by ethnic minorities are short of natural resources. Apart from their geographical alienation, these regions are often economically under-developed. As a result, coupled with a high rate of school drop-out, facilities of most of the schools are worn and broken. The classrooms are poorly lit, and school buildings are often on the brink of collapsing, threatening the life of all those who remain inside. The scope of assistance rendered may cover mainly primary schools and sometimes secondary schools. Assistance will generally be provided to the construction aspects of the following:

School buildings
Student/Teacher dormitories
Integrated teaching complex (eg. including laboratories, functional rooms, teachers’ offices, libraries and etc.)
Integrated facilities for the school (eg. books, desks for classrooms, etc.)


重建前的课室 重建後的课室
援建学校所遍布的省份 / 自治区:
长期资助县项目 1992-2011 云南丶贵州丶四川丶甘肃丶广东和湖南
一次性资助项目 行路上北京项目 广东丶湖南丶湖北丶河南丶河北
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