Archive for April, 2010

Learning amidst the rubble

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010


I learnt about this school through Stepping Stones an organization that coordinates volunteers to teach English to migrant kids around Shanghai. The school is located in the old area of Donjiadu. This is one of the oldest and poorest areas in the urban core. Though in blocks nearby a large community still remains (for now) much of Dongjiadu is under development and the school is one of the only buildings still standing amidst a massive site of demolition. This is the immediate view:


The only other building that remains is a nail house (the term used here for people who refuse to budge for the bulldozers) that is located right next door.


Migrant schools are all in a state of flux right now. Policy change has meant that informal (or grassroot) schools have beenĀ  closed as the government tries to formalize the education for migrant kids in the cities. I’m not sure what is going to happen to this school or the kids that it teaches. For more pics of the demolition at Dongjiadu click here.

Closing the gap?

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

The president of Yale on the rise of Asia’s universities.