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
 
苗圃一直担当着「拾遗补缺」的角色,致力改善中国教育。我们近年开展了对特殊教育的资助,让弱势的一群也可享受到上学读书的乐趣。我们致力减少智障及身体残障的学生在生活与学习上的障碍,以及改善孤儿学校的设施,以提高教学方面的水准与效益。
同时把特殊教育和孤儿学校的老师纳入师资培训,在知识丶技能及认知等各层面强化他们教育与照顾特殊学生的能力。
 
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.)
Toilets
Integrated facilities for the school (eg. books, desks for classrooms, etc.)

云南省大关县翠华镇兴隆村营盘小学
资助前的教学楼

受资助後的教学楼
     
云南省巧家县新店乡新寨村完小
资助前的厕所
受资助後的厕所
     
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
  助学长征项目 江西丶广东丶广西丶湖南丶贵州丶云南丶四川丶甘肃丶宁夏和陕西
  茶马古道项目 西藏及云南
 
课後辅导计划
 
除了国内,我们希望也为香港的教育尽一点力,参与举行「学生课後辅导计划」,资助深水埗区学校的课後辅导服务和派出义工协助推动项目。让一些因为父母工作关系,未能於课後照顾的学生,可以在课後留校,由义工的照顾下,完成功课和温习,确保学生的安全之馀,亦可以减少父母的负担。
 
灾後助学
 
突如其来的天灾,对灾区的破坏无法估计,当地居民顿失所依。我们积极参与灾区教育的支援及恢复工作,经过实地考察後,资助重建学校及设施,亦为学生提供资助,让他们可以尽快重返校园,回复正常的生活。