YZ：hello, everyone, thank you for joining us for today’s conversation. I’m very glad to introduce Dr. Zhiyong Xu and Tom from the blog SeeingredinChina
YZ：Dr. Xu, would you like to do a self-introduction?
WW：That was Dr. Xu in Beijing, he has been providing a lot of legal assistance to people to protect their own rights and push forward Chinese democracy and rule of law.
YZ：Actually Zhiyong is the quite famous among us. He is an active rights lawyer in China. His persistent efforts to help the unprivileged people are really admiring. We are glad you can join us.
YZ：Another participant is an English teacher, Tom, who lived and worked in China, initially in Southwest Guangxi province for a Chinese Christian organization. He’s running a great blog called SeeingRedinChina, which we have translated a bunch of articles on the gap of the rural and urban education.
YZ：Another participant is from our voluntary translator group “Yizhe”. His name is Wangwei.Thank you for join us, yo three.
YZ：All right. I would like to start from a little background. For those who are not familiar with the education system in China, basically if you were born in cities or you were born in rural China, your fate will be quite different. Well, because there is sort of internal separation system called Hukou, we will talk about it a lot later, but I just wanna introduce the system Hukou for now. The system provides to those who were born in the cities the right to go to public schools; well, if you were born in rural China, you can only go to the nearby schools, and not the ones located in the cities.
YZ：For those who don’t want to go to the rural schools, there is another way, another option, which is to be living with their parents who are working in the cities. And they can go to those private schools established only for the migrant workers children. These kind of schools usually are in shady condition, but that’s where they can go.
YZ：First I would like to ask Tom to describe to us about the typically rural schools. What does it look like?
Tom：A typical rural school is usually, each classroom is small, concrete floors and walls, there is a small platform at the front, where usually a teacher would lecture the students for about an hour, with very little interaction, also very few options of what kind of media they are going to use. In the university we worked in, we didn’t even have proper blackboards…