The Journey Charitable Foundation of Houston, Texas has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Cool Mountain Education Fund, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The grant will provide scholarships for female Nuosu ethnic minority graduates of the rural Yangjuan Primary School in Yanyuan County, Sichuan, China to attend high school and college. Many of these students are the first in their families to attend high school or college. Although their families are eager to support their educations, the costs of schooling are rising dramatically while farm family income is rising much more slowly.
Educating girls has profound effects on social and economic development that extend across generations. Women with higher levels of education have more economic opportunities, earn more than their less-educated counterparts and can postpone marriage and child-rearing until they are more equipped for family responsibilities. What’s more, the children of educated women raise their children to be more educated.
One student supported by Cool Mountain Education Fund is Xiaolan from Yangjuan Village. Her father completed elementary school and her mother does not read. Xiaolan showed promise when she was a primary school student; she was one of the Cool Mountain Education Fund’s first scholarship recipients in 2005. In July 2015, Xiaolan graduated with a BA in mathematics education from Xichang College. She now teaches mathematics. Xiaolan is one of 60 Yangjuan graduates who have continued to college since 2011. Other graduates are serving as elementary and middle school teachers in art, English, and primary education teachers. Others are working in industries from hydropower to insurance.
About the Cool Mountain Education Fund
Founded in 2005, CMEF is a completely volunteer-led, non-governmental organization. Our international board includes scientists and professionals in anthropology, environmental engineering, public health, economics, biomedical research, resource management, and education in the U.S., China, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong. CMEF aims to improve student outcomes by providing scholarships to all qualifying students, seeking gender parity. CMEF supports higher quality education, more access to modern information and education technologies, and innovative teaching methods. CMEF encourages teachers and students to use the shared, local knowledge of the Nuosu community to become more critical thinkers and informed citizens.