Over the past decade, Mr. Liu has assisted more than 500 students with disabilities, ages 7 to 30, to complete their studies, helping many find jobs.
Mr. Liu Aiye, 56, from Hubei province, is praised for building a school that helps disadvantaged students get an education.
“I used to be a teacher. I was touched when I heard parents share how difficult it is for their children with disabilities to go to school. Therefore, I planned a school for them,” he said. Liu said.
Twelve years ago, Mr. Liu spent all his savings and started providing free education. The school not only pays for meals and accommodation, but also provides special care items such as towels.
In the school video, the classroom is packed with children reading, singing, and taking additional lessons on farming.
“The first year, I spent $178,544. Things got better in 2014 after I earned $29,758 from the crops we grew on the farmland I bought for the school,” said Mr. Liu.
Over the past decade, Liu has helped more than 500 students aged 7 to 30 complete their studies, with around 120 finding jobs.
“I’m very happy and this keeps me engaged with the work I’m doing,” said Mr. Liu.
Mr. Liu attracted attention after the news about him was published. Many argue that it is wrong for Liu to use his savings and question why the local government does not provide resources for people with disabilities.
“If the school runs out of money, how will Liu solve the problems it faces? Can’t imagine,” said one Weibo user.
“Isn’t this the job of the interior department? The local government has no money?”, another wrote.
In 2008, China enacted a law to protect people with disabilities. The law requires counties to waive tuition fees for students with disabilities for the first nine years of compulsory education as well as reduce related tuition fees for those in urgent need. In addition, scholarships and grants are also established to help poor and disabled students continue their studies.
The Hubei Provincial Department of Education was not immediately available for comment.
Dawn (According to SCMP)
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