The way ahead/脫貧之道


Some children in Bai Wan have never left this remotely located mountainous area to see the outside world. There is limited stimulation in their lives to motivate their creativity and their desire to break through the vicious cycle of poverty.




Over-population is the source of poverty in Bai Wan. The Chinese government has been trying to re-locate Bai Wan residents to places closer to Qing Yuan city centre. As a result, primary schools in the more remote villages have been closed since 2005. However, it costs a family 7000 RMB to build a new house and the school fees outside Bai Wan are more expensive. As a result, the poorest families have to stay. Population control will only be successful in Bai Wan if people’s values to life can be changed. Improving education is the key to the solution.

人口過多是白灣貧窮的主要原因.中國政府曾嘗試遷徙白灣居民到比較接近清遠市中心的地區.因此,由 2005年起政府關閉了較為偏遠的鄉村小學. 但每個遷徙的家庭需要花費約人民幣七千元去重建新屋,而且離開白灣後更要負擔昂貴的學費,所以最貧窮的家庭仍然會選擇留下來.要真正成功地推行人口控制,唯有改變人們的價值觀.改善教育便是問題的關鍵.