长柏乡荞满小学走访实纪Changbo Xianghaoman Primary School Brief(2010-05-24 09:52:21)
On the 21st of May, a
Qiaoman village is located at the highest place of
Changbo village, with the altitude of 3800 meters. Influenced by
geographic location and weather，the
crops here lack in varieties. Only potatos, oats, buckweats and a
little bit of corns can be planted. The villages told us that most
time corns cannot grow well here. Due to the inconvenient
transportation here, crops cannot be transported out, therefore
villagers mostly don't have any income. They use self-planted crops
to feed pigs and themselves.
This is still the problem of transportation. There is
no grocery store in the whole village, daily use products need to
be transported to here by horses.
If children needs stationary, parents have to walk for two hours to buy it in the village. There are few cars that come in this area. The children all came out and surrounded us when we arrived.
Qiaoman primary school is a public village school. It
Mr. Lu, the school principle and grade three teacher, told us that a few years ago he had a much favored student whose school performance was excellent. However since his family could not afford his living cost at school, he had to drop out and start working.
The campus is big. Apart from the mud wall and basketball ring which are a bit old, the school building and toilet are still fine.
The country support the village school in its infrastructure, and all other facilities need to be financed by the school itself.
The local people are used to having two meals a day. The school begins at 10:30 and ends at 14：30，with altogether 5 lessons a day, without lunch time in the middle.
All the students are children from this village. Since they go to school rather late, the grade one still has kids of eight or nine years old.
The villagers in Qiaoman Village live very scattered. In the fronton or mountain trench，there may be a few families. The school is located in the center of the village. From what we can see, it takes quie long a distance for them to walk home from school.
There are not many students in Grade Three. The
classroom is also the grocery room. Several kids are bending over
on the table doing homework.
Grade one students are very diligent. They were
curious and shy in front of the camera. They quietly moved in front
of the lense to have a clear look, but when we were about to take
their photos, they ran away laughing as if a bit
A few kids sat in the campus playing with the stones,
just like the game ‘throwing the goat bone’we used to play in the
There is water in the school but no electricity. The principle told us that they have applied for electricity many time, but the related department doesn't have plans to provide electricity for the school. Similarly, the whole village doesn’t have electricity. Mr. Lu recalled that in the 80s, there was electricity here for a while, but then the power station was purchased by some company, and since then the village was out of electricity. Right now Qiaoman Village belongs to the highland of Changbai village. It is quite expensive to have electricity here. That is maybe why so far there’s sill no power here.
There is a one iron tube hanging on the wooden mast.
Could you gues what’s it for?
Turns out it's the class bell. Knock it with the iron stick, the sound is clanging.
The teacher’s office is also the dormitory. We talked with the teachers in the dormitory. There are altogether three teachers in Qiaoman School, all with the surname of Lu. Let’s call them small Lu, middle Lu and Big Lu. Mr. Big Lu is the only public teacher in the school. He teaches the third grade and is also he principle. Mr. Small Lu started teaching two years ago and is himself a little above 20 years old. He is the in charge of the first grade. Mr. Middle Lu leads the second grade class. He has been working here for 11 years already. His current salary is RMB 500 every month.
Mr. Small Lu and Middle Lu’s homes are far away from the school. It takes them 2, 3 hours to walk home across the mountains. Therefore, they sleep in the school.
We had detailed school info registration. Mr. Lu promised to take us to visit some students’ home next time. We hope to do something for the students with high scores but difficult living condition, for example look for some corresponding donators for them.
This kid from the first grade could not sort out his
schoolbag. The teacher told us one of the kid’s eyes is not
working. He fell when playing in the campus, a wooden stick
inserted into his eye. There are no hospitals in the village. He
blinded his eye. So how do all the villagers get treatment when
they are ill? Mr. Lu told us there is nothing the villagers can do
if they get ill.
As we left Qiaoman primary school，we
saw the rhododendrons