Measuring urban and rural areas, understanding the real world | Village Notes Wang Xingyu

2022-06-12 0 By

On Jan 17, The 40-day Spring Festival Travel rush 2022 officially kicked off in China.Airplanes, railways, automobiles, carrying far-away wanderers home.Some of them come from rural areas in China. They leave their hometowns to drift, take root in cities, or move between places like migratory birds.How far is the country from the city?This is by no means a measurable number of miles on a map.”Connecting urban and rural areas with education” is the original intention of village notes.While the teaching and training industry is declining, Wang Xingyu, founder of Village Notes, has stepped out of the new possibilities of education.Founded in September 2017, Village Notes is a social enterprise dedicated to connecting urban and rural areas with education.The equal exchanges between urban and rural areas will be strengthened by setting up three sections: local studies, urban employment and travel, and rural scenery.Expand rural vision for urban children, expand career possibilities for rural children, and bring urban support for rural development.Founder Wang Xingyu received his bachelor’s degree in International Politics from Fudan University and his master’s degree in international relations from New York University.His hometown is In Datuan Town, which is under the jurisdiction of Shanghai, but its suburbs are far away from the city. Wang xingyu considered himself a “peasant” since childhood.While studying in the United States, some friends asked him, “What’s China like?”Choked for a moment, Wang realized that his experience and vision were too narrow. He could only see the city but not the countryside, and he had no understanding of “three-dimensional China.”After wang Xingyu, the founder of Village Notes, returned to China, Wang xingyu joined a public welfare organization and went to western Hunan to help farmers sell local specialties.There he saw the real country.He was struck by the fact that some poor villages and towns were hidden in remote mountains and forests, isolated from the rest of the world, with no electricity, no hot water and low per capita income.”There are almost no adults in those villages. Everyone who can walk has gone to work, leaving only old people and children.””At that time, I was even more motivated and motivated to do fieldwork, because we realized that understanding the real world and finding problems in the real world is the starting point of all education, and we all need to do this, and we need to empower our children to find problems.”Wang xingyu said.The first project of “Village Notes”, “local Research”, is to take urban children to the countryside to explore those mysterious villages hidden in mountains and rivers, deserts and jungles. While recording and studying, they can establish a sense of equality between urban and rural areas and experience the changes of Chinese society.”Every time they make a life choice in the future, they can think about the countryside for an extra 0.5 seconds.”The City Tour is another project of Village Notes.The idea that it is useless to study still prevails in some remote villages, where left-behind children want to copy their parents’ path as migrant workers, but lack career plans and know little about unfamiliar cities.Wang xingyu takes rural children to the city and leads them to experience 360 lines of “walking from village to city”.”A part-time job should find a job you like, and a higher ideal can be achieved through continuous learning.””Urban children need a rural vision and rural development needs urban support.””We seek common ground. We don’t glorify the countryside or the city. We want to give our children healthy values and make them see each other and the world with equality and empathy.Half of China’s 1.4 billion people live in cities and half in rural areas. How to connect cities and rural areas is the opportunity and responsibility of our generation of young people.”Under the background of the double reduction policy, As an education public welfare worker, Wang Xingyu also thought about a new model of “education”.He argues that we are living in an era of “VUCA” — volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity.”The most important thing in the VUCA era was no longer exams and competition, or at least not in the way we see them now.Between imperfection and complexity, the ability to make our own judgments and decisions, to understand the real world, is what we need most.”