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Fighting Poverty from the Trenches: Micro Finance in China

Mao Yushi  Fighting Poverty from the Trenches: Micro Finance in China

China’s economic boom has raised hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. In rural areas, widespread poverty remains a challenge. Fuping Development Institute began operations in 1993 with a RMB 500 budget, and since then, has become a major vehicle for poverty eradication in China. Today, Fuping manages a micro-loan portfolio worth tens of millions of RMB, with an impressive 97% repayment rate.

The Montessori Method in Shanghai

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Ms. Townsend gives a general description of the Montessori Method of education and its advantages over conventional education.

Dr. María Montessori, an Italian doctor and educator, developed the Montessori Method from her observations of the behavior of children in a natural environment and visualized the Method as a holistic approach to education.

Ms. Townsend talks about her decision to move to China to spread the Montessori Method, and explains the features that make this method different from any other approach to children's education.

Empathetic Education Breeds Happy Citizens: Montessori in China

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Judy Townsend talks about her experience in Shanghai and her forecast for the development of the Montessori organization in China.

China’s economic boom is bringing quality education within reach to many more people than at any time in China’s past.  While gains in material wealth are impressive, Judy Townsend is concerned that traditional values in China are being eroded by consumerism.

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