Tibet advances in health and education

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Students play basketball at the Jiangsu Experimental School in Lhasa in March. JIANG FAN/XINHUA

Yan also said that the quality of education in rural areas has been continuously improving, and the most beautiful buildings that can be found in rural areas in the region are usually schools. Additionally, students in these areas can share educational resources with their urban counterparts via the Internet, thanks in large part to the Aid-Tibet program, Yan said.

“We hope that the quality of teaching and the learning environment will be further improved in the near future, and that more skilled workers will be trained to serve the overall development of the region,” he said.

Dawa Lhamo, a high school student from Gojo County, said she was very grateful to the government for providing free schooling opportunities. Otherwise, his family would have struggled to afford the related costs. “I come from a nomadic region,” she said. “My parents have three children. If they had to pay all the fees, it would have been difficult for them to send all three of us to school.”

Dawa Lhamo said his older brother had already completed his studies and was preparing to take exams to find a job in a government institute. His younger brother is still in college. “We get free meals at school, so we never have to worry about food during class. It has taken a lot of financial burden off my family,” she said.

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