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Five Karamay schools donate 10,000 items to Akto

By Yuan Shuliang and Shi Zihan Updated: 2014-12-24

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After reading the article entitled "Students in Akto in urgent need of winter clothes and books" in Karamay Daily in November, five middle schools in Karamay called on students and teachers to make donations to their counterparts in Akto county.

On Dec 2, the five schools sent donations to the Karamay Daily newspaper office, with the total number of donated items reaching 10,000, including stationery, school bags, books, clothes, shoes, sports equipment and learning tools.

Lei Zhao, secretary of the Youth League Committee of No 13 Middle School, said that many students and teachers brought donated items to school the next day after the school put forward its donation proposal. The school altogether donated more than 4,400 pieces of clothing.

"One student had to stay at home because of illness. But when he heard about the donation, he asked for his mother to come to school and donate clothes and books for children in Akto. We are very impressed," said Wang Yaqiong, secretary of the Youth League Committee of Karamay's No 7 Middle School.

Located in the eastern part of the Pamir Mountains, Akto is a small county in Kezilesu Kirgiz autonomous prefecture. The hostile environment makes farming and stockbreeding very difficult there. The economic conditions have consequently become the worst in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

Material scarcity also leads to the fact that education in Akto is far below basic. Although volunteer teachers from Karamay have been going there to support local elementary education each year since 2007, the lack of budget still slows down the improvements.

Edited by Brian Salter