China is often praised for its excellence in education. Its improvements over the past decades are nothing to look down on; in fact, adult literacy has risen from the 1980s 65% to today's 96%. Moreover, compared to the data in the 1980s, 20% more students go on to attend high school.
On a recent trip, the Xiaohusai team had the opportunity to speak with the only teacher in the village. On the verge of tears, she said, “The environment here is very harsh and the people here endure so much hardship…When I first arrived, [the villagers] said, ‘our school in the village has been without a professional teacher for 10 years and we are very lucky to have you.’”