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A heartwarming tale of dedication in education

Updated: July 5, 2023

In the remote Aktau county of Kuqa city in Aksu prefecture, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, lies a township middle school. There, a young Chinese language teacher named Ayinaguli proudly paves the way for her students' future. Through her innovative teaching methods and unwavering dedication, Ayinaguli has become a beacon of inspiration for her students and colleagues alike.

Growing up in this economically disadvantaged region, she recognized the transformative power of education early on. Ayinaguli was one of the fortunate ones, having had the opportunity to study outside of Xinjiang, and benefiting from the government's establishment of high school classes tailored for Xinjiang students in economically developed cities. These classes provide thousands of students from Xinjiang's rural and impoverished areas with quality education as well as reduced tuition fees and living expenses.

Ayinaguli's experience away from her hometown, including visits to various provinces and exposure to different cultures, has played a crucial role in her teaching approach. By sharing personal anecdotes and tangible experiences, such as her visit to the former residence of Lu Xun, a famous Chinese writer, Ayinaguli brings literature to life for her students. She believes that every individual has the potential to create their own compelling story.

A shining example of the positive impact of Ayinaguli's teaching can be seen in one of her students, Tuxennimu Yasen. Tuxennimu praises her teacher for opening up a world of possibilities and instilling the confidence to write her own remarkable story.

Moreover, Ayinaguli is part of a vibrant and dynamic group of young teachers at the township middle school. Over 80 percent of the teaching staff are under 35 years old, bringing a fresh perspective to education in the region. Their passion, combined with the strong support of parents and ongoing government initiatives, such as the provision of free meals and education subsidies, has created an encouraging environment for both teachers and students.

As Ayinaguli continues to empower her students, she remains steadfast in her belief that they will develop valuable skills and pursue their dreams. With the government's continued commitment to education in rural areas, Ayinaguli's influence will undoubtedly shape the lives of many, providing them with the tools to explore the broader world and follow their passions.