To promote education for sustainable development (ESD) in rural China through the establishment of Green Eco Schools.
Since the early 1990’s The Zigen Fund has been supporting programs in the education domain in rural China, particularly in providing Financial Aids programs to girls who otherwise do not have the opportunity to receive formal education. For the past 30 years, The Zigen Fund has diligently sustained its programs with no interruption, and has enabled cohorts of girls in these communities to complete their formal education, and became the first generation teachers, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs in their villages. Over the years, The Zigen Fund has also expanded its scope of programs beyond the formal educational system to include environmental awareness, primary healthcare and cultural preservation.
Building upon the foundation and experience of the past 30 years of experience, the launch of the holistic program of Education for Sustainable Development by Zigen Fund is a natural transition, and is a much needed and urgent focus for China, as well as for the future of planet earth.
For a country like China with its large population and its rapid economic development, making a positive impact among the younger generations in China regarding sustainable development facilitated by sustainable consumption and production will be of great significance not only to China but also to the entire world. This is especially true in the rural areas where resources are limited and long term developments are often ignored in favor of short term benefits. Education is critical to the success of the sustainable development as it builds awareness and knowledge about the development as well as the skills and tools needed.
Our projects promote education for sustainable development (ESD) in rural China through the establishment of Green Eco Schools. This is achieved by training local primary and secondary teachers who will return to their schools after the training to train more teachers in the development and the implementation of the curriculum to advance education for sustainable development based on their local needs. Schools that have gone through the relevant curriculum training, development, and implementation are named Village Green-Eco Schools which will also serve as the basis or model schools for others in the possible expansion of the ESD program.
In the past 30 years, she has led “Zigen” to carry out public welfare projects in nearly 30 counties and cities in 12 provinces and municipalities, including Guizhou, Yunnan, Hebei, Shanxi, Gansu, Henan and Hubei, covering over 3,000 schools and over 100 villages, benefiting 150,000 person-time with student subsidies and one million person-time directly.