To achieve our stated mission, Shin Shin has applied three stages of development into operation.
- 1997 Stage I – School Construction/Renovation
347 Shin Shin schools and reading rooms in 25 provinces or municipalities have been renovated or constructed, and over 320,000 children have been benefited by Shin Shin Educational Foundation.
- 2002 Stage II – Basic Facility Improvement
We began to realize that the difficulty lies not in building or remodeling a new school building, but in ensuring the quality of education that the children are receiving. Therefore, we started “follow-up programs” to help address some of the quality issues beyond brick and mortar. From purchasing needed educational equipment (desks, computers, etc.), offering scholarships, providing Hepatitis B vaccines, to training English teachers, sending books, we worked our best to make a difference in those children’s lives.
- 2002 Stage III – Education Initiatives
While the effort of school construction/renovation and basic facility improvement continue, the demand to enhance the learning environment (including educational hardware, software, and teaching/learning techniques) in those disadvantaged rural schools is ever mounting. In the last three years, we have taken a series of steps to further strengthen our educational programs and to position ourselves for greater impact. The impact relies not only on our operation strategies and limited financial resources, but also on the availability of our volunteer resources and know-hows. The following programs have been initiated or strengthened to produce wonderful results, leading Shin Shin one step closer to our vision.
With supporting school infrastructure construction and overall development as the theme and enhancing teaching quality and solid learning environment as the goal, Shin Shin provides need-based support targeting small-scale schools, and continues traditional new school constructions and facility improvement projects.
With enhancing education and teaching quality as the theme, Shin Shin provides a series of training programs and online community-building platforms to rural principals and teachers, and donated audio-visual equipment to promote digital learning and online courses, which are especially important for small-scale schools with limited resources.
Reading is the foundation for children’s intellectual growth. It is the most effective way to improve the quality of rural education and balance the education development between urban and rural areas. The Enlightenment Reading Program delivers high-quality books to rural children, builds reading corners/reading rooms, promotes education through reading, and funds the “reading month” activities. We also train teachers to guide students to develop observation, reasoning, and critical thinking skills through reading. Teachers take the lead to organize the “reading month” activities that help children become more interested in reading, learn reading methods, and develop good reading habits. We believe that mastering the reading will change the destiny of rural children.