Written by Liao Zhaokai (Political Secretary
Note: I am officially known as Le
Nian Laoshi in Changjiao.
Brother David Liao FSC.
Le Nian Laoshi and his contributions to Huliao Changjiao
Time really flies. Le Nian Laoshi has returned and served
his home village for three whole years, providing free
education to the local children. This need though born in a
foreign land, is growing rapidly and productively in the
soil of his native land.
In March 2000, Le Nian Laoshi retired from his teaching
profession in Malaysia. He refused some high-paid offers but
decided to serve the children in Huliao Changjiao village,
the place where his grandfather was born. In the past three
years, Le Nian Laoshi's efforts were highly recognized and
welcomed by the students, and the number of students joining
his programmes now keeps increasing. Not only are there
local students, there are also students from the cities like
Guangchou and Shenzhen in the summer classes.
Besides giving free education to the children, Le Nian
Laoshi also supplies his students with free textbooks and
teaching materials. He has helped the Changjiao local
schools zealously by providing the school with funding to
install necessary facilities and to implement educational
activities. He also provides
scholarships to students who managed to achieve good
improvement both morally and academically.
Le Nian Laoshi has shown compassion and dedication in his
teaching. At the moment he is giving free English lessons in
two local schools. He also gives tuition classes to other
students in his spare time. Everyday, he wakes up at 5 and
works from 6.30 in the morning till 8.30 in the evening. He
even manages to add one computer class for adults after 8.30
Le Nian Laoshi is very serious in his teaching. Most
students find his lessons interesting and effective. They
all like him and respect him. Under his influence, most
students have developed good learning habits and they are
all regarded as the future hope of the village and our
country. In order to enhance better learning outcome, Le
Nian Laoshi renovated an old house which belonged to his
nephew, and turned it into a clean and bright tuition centre
last year. This year, he installed 10 computers and
established the first free computer class in the local area.
For the convenience and safety of the students and with
the support of the villagers, he changed the narrow and
dangerous winding path outside his centre
into a much wider and safer small road. Even small vehicles
can use this 60 meters long road.
Le Nian Laoshi is not a millionaire or entrepreneur. As a
Chinese residing in a foreign land for most of life, his
love and zeal for his Motherland called him
to return and serve his home village. He has taught in
Malaysia for over thirty years and his students are in all
walks of life. He knows very well that a strong China will
surely strengthen the status of Chinese who are residing in
foreign countries and providing free education to children
is a way of contributing to a service to the Motherland.
His mission is widely supported by his relatives, friends
and students. Every year, he has to travel between Malaysia
and China twice to gather enough funding as he insists on
providing free education. In order to ensure quality
education to his students, he is very generous in installing
teaching aids and other facilities.
However, he himself lives a very humble and simple life.
He even painted all the chairs and tables in his teaching
room himself. His meal is often just a cup of coffee with a
few pieces of biscuits or bread.
When Le Nian Laoshi first returned to the village, some
folks doubted that in this materialistic world, anyone would
provide services without asking for something in return, and
that of course, Le Nian Laoshi would give up his free
tuition very soon.
Now, all the doubts and worries are gone. Now this
foreign teacher has already become a member of the village,
loved and respected by the children, parents and the
villagers in the nearby villages. In Le NianLaoshi, they can
see the genuine compassion and love for one's homeland.
- by Liao Zhaokai -