Practical Skills Training Center for Rural Women
The Practical Skills Training Center for Rural Women, set up in 1998, is a non-profit school which receives financial support primarily from domestic and international charity organizations, government departments, enterprises and donations given by generous local and foreign individuals. The first donation to the school was given by the renowned writer, the late Bing Xin.
Its Grant-Aid Fund provides young women from poor families training from one to three months in computing, sewing, waitressing, hairdressing, beauty treatment, and kindergarten teaching; and fully-funded scholarships are available to young women aged between 16 and 20.
Training for rural women activists is also provided, mainly including Start Your Business, capacity building for political participation, skills to look after mothers after giving birth and their babies as well as the care for the elderly.
Since 2000, it has received awards from the local Educational Committee seven times for an advanced education run by non-government support unit, ¡°Dedication Award¡± conferred by the Beijing Educational Committee in 2004, and its Grant-Aid project was awarded of First National Philanthropic Demonstrative Project Prize in 2006.
The school has a capacity of training for about 1,300 per year and has trained about 10,000 students from 22 ethnic groups and 26 provinces and regions.