滴 水 感 悟
作者:周 陶

 

2003年8月中旬,惠黎基金会从北京带领了五名学生到湖北省的滴水村小学. 我就是其中的一名学生。我在又富裕又舒服的美国上学, 今年我回到中国就是想了解一下中国的农村孩子们的上学条件,并且还可以教他们一些他们尚未学到的一些知识。我和赵韵涵教他们唱歌,李思阳教他们电脑,周陀教他们英文。当我给他们上课的时候,我发现滴水的孩子们非常勤奋, 学得也非常刻苦.尽管我们这些“老师”只比他们大几岁,他们的态度还是非常礼貌, 并且学得也十分认真. 最后一天,当我和赵韵涵同学在考这些学生是否记下我们所教的歌,滴水的学生们果然在两天内将我们教的五首歌全部背下来了。

滴水村的村民很热情地招待我们, 让我们非常感动.张校长甚至把自己家的房子让给我们来住. 他的太太也一样的热情,她给我们做的每一顿饭都是十分丰盛. 当我们离开滴水村的时候,村民们一路上给我们送行,而且还叫我们一定要收下他们送我们一些农村特产,让我们感到非常不好意思.

滴水村可谓山清水秀,空气新鲜,真是人间仙境.不过,学生们也因为农村并未怎么开发而上学非常地困难.整个滴水村只有一辆车,所以所有的学生们都得走路上学.我们试着走过走学生们上学的路,结果不到15分钟, 我们各个走的腰酸背痛,气喘嘘嘘. 这条上学的土路很难走,地上布满了泥坑和石头, 而且这条路很长,大约一个多小时才能从家里走到学校.

滴水村小学学生们不但要走又长又艰苦的路上学,而且家里平常也要付出每学期100多块钱的学费。现在,有了滴水茶园,滴水村的孩子们已经有两年都不用交学费了。滴水之行促使我以后要努力学习,好对得起我的良好的学习条件。我也想多多帮助世界上的贫困学生,好让他们将来成才。

In mid-August of 2003, representatives from the Phelex Foundation, including five students from Beijing, visited Dripping Water Elementary School in Hubei Province, China. I myself am a student from the United States, and I had yet to experience the thrills and hardships of life in the rural countryside. Us students were to assist the Phelex Foundation and also, we were to assume the position of schoolteacher for two days and teach the elementary school students at Dripping Water.

The students at Dripping Water Elementary were on their best behavior when we came in as guest lecturers. As guest lecturers, we taught English, Music, and Computer. Catherine, a student from Beijing, and I, taught music. Catherine assembled them into a chorus and my job was to accompany them on the piano. The students learned quickly. By the end of two days time, the students could perform all of the five songs we taught them.

The villagers of Dripping Water Village treated us with great kindness and hospitality. Principal Zhang of Dripping Water Elementary even gave his own home to us for our sleeping quarters while he and his family slept in the classrooms. Mrs. Zhang prepared us with lavishly cooked meals three times a day that obviously cost the Zhangs a lot of their money.

Dripping Water Village is located on a scenic mountain deep in Hubei Province. Its rivers run clear, and forests stretch across the mountains as far as the eye can see. The scenery is beautiful, but living conditions are still rather rough in the village. There is only one automobile in the entire village, therefore, all the children in Dripping Water Village have no choice but to walk to school every morning. The road to school is long, about an hour and a half’s walk, and sometimes even dangerous. The dirt roads are muddy whenever rain falls. Often, boulders fall from the mountains as a result of a landslide, blocking the roads.

In addition to the long walk to and back from school, other obstacles stand in the typical village child’s way to an education. One such hardship is the 100 renminbi tuition that families must pay every semester. The school is not a wealthy one, and the money is much needed. But in Dripping Water, 100 renminbi is no small sum to pay. Some families have often had difficulties coming up with this tuition fund. However, thanks to the Phelex Foundation, families have not had the need to worry about paying their child’s school tuition for over 2 years. The reason behind this is that the Dripping Water tea garden Project has become such a success that its profits more than covered every family’s tuition fund for the past 2 years. As a result, schoolchildren only have the roads to worry about.

After my visit to Dripping Water Village, I strongly feel that education is THE most important thing to a child next to survival itself. Education is what turns boys into men, girls into women, poverty into wealth, ignorance into knowledge, and knowledge into power. The children at DW Elementary showed excellent attitude, behavior, and most importantly, the desire to learn more. Such good students should not and will not be denied any learning opportunities. It is my hope that all children of the world, no matter how impoverished they might be, shall all have the opportunity to receive the best education they can get.

 

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