students stipends worth a total of 5.3 billion yuan ($777 million) since 2015, according to Guizhou’s Education Department.
While working out its strategy to impart knowledge to rural children, Guizh
ou has also taken into consideration that many kids come to school hungry.
According to Bao Benqi of the provincial Education Department, the Guizhou government has set the goal that
“each of the primary and secondary schools in the rural areas should have a canteen so that lunch can be served to every student”.
The meal is believed to help students improve their performance at school. Many studen
ts in the poverty-stricken areas had been coming to class with an empty stomach, since they did not have food at home.
“More than 3.8 million primary and secondary school students and
860,000 preschool kids are covered in the nutrition project every year,” Bao said.