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Online Meeting in Beijing and Chengdu on IT Application in Basic Education to Reduce Poverty and “Double-Tutor” Model

Date: 2020-12-19

On 19 December, Beijing and Chengdu jointly held an online meeting on the use of information technology in basic education to promote poverty reduction programs and the “double-tutor” class model.



Sponsored by COSC and CCICH, the meeting was organized by the Society for Cultivating Innovators and the Office of the Ministry of Education for training programs for principals of primary and secondary schools and kindergartens, with the support of Chengdu No. 7 High School, High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China (RDFZ), the headquarters of the schools affiliated to the High School of Renmin University of China, and China Telecom. COSC provided the main theater of the meeting while the other participants joined the gathering remotely from Chengdu No. 7 High School.

The meeting reviewed the implementation of the double-tutor model in the five partner schools of RDFZ in Sichuan, Guangxi, Inner Mongolia, and He’nan and the success of Online School of Chengdu No. 7 High School (EASTDU) in providing full-day online teaching for some of the disadvantaged schools in Sichuan. Good practices, main bottlenecks, and innovative solutions were identified, which were conducive for promoting the model on a wider scale to support equal access to education.

It was agreed at the meeting that earnest efforts should be made to implement the instructions of President Xi Jinping, who placed great importance on education-enabled poverty reduction, personally championing the initiative as a fundamental solution to poverty elimination and calling for balanced distribution of educational resources to cut off the inter-generational chain of poverty. COSC and CCICH actively solicited ideas and made significant contribution to the development of mid-to-long term strategies for poverty alleviation and policies in order to facilitate the realization of the CPC’s goal of winning the decisive battle against poverty. The leading middle schools, such as RDFZ and Chengdu No.7 High School, tapped into their own resources to assist the less privileged schools by providing on-line courses, helping to promote educational balance in the country.

In 2005, under the support of the Ministry of Education, the RDFZ launched the program of “national educational resources alliance” and “double-tutor teaching”, which has been extended to 5,949 schools in 31 provincial-level administrative regions, providing free resources to over 1.11 million teachers and students. More than 60,000 hours of teaching resources for primary and secondary education have been shared. The program opened up a green lane for equal access to education resources and played an important demonstrative role. In 2002, EASTDU unveiled its “full-day on-line teaching” program, connecting the privileged and disadvantaged schools with the double-tutor model and involving the participation of governments, leading schools, and businesses. Under the program, the poorer schools initially only drew on the resources provided but later were able to produce their own resources. CCICH Researcher Liu Pengzhi headed a research team to follow the progress and impact of IT application in basic education and the double-tutor model.

It was noted at the meeting that the guidelines of the fifth plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee on consolidating the gains against poverty must be put into action as China still faced the lack of and imbalance of development. The term “online education” was incorporated for the first time into the Suggestions for the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) on the National Economic and Social Development and the Long-Term Objectives through the Year 2035, which is a recognition of its importance in building a high-quality education system. Participants at the meeting believed sustained efforts were necessary to consolidate the progress made so far in using IT-based education to reduce poverty and promote the balanced, healthy growth of basic education and education modernization.

Vice President of CCICH Feng Yuan , Vice Chairman of COSC Wang Weimin and Zhao Bing attended the meeting and moderated part of the discussion. Liu Pengzhi, CCICH Researcher and President of the Society for Cultivating Innovators, addressed the meeting. Among the 100 participants were heads of COSC departments, heads of the departments of teacher education, basic education, and development planning in the Ministry of Education, experts and member principals of the national training program for principals of primary and middle schools of the Ministry of Education, heads of provincial education authorities participating in the national program of outstanding principals and teachers, and principals of universities, schools and kindergartens and scholars.