Education, Education

Chinese Dream


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Weijun Chen / China, South Africa / 2012 / 58 min.

Education is usually the best way to escape poverty but not in China, which is home to more than a billion people. Only the best students get into prestigious state universities. The rest can go to expensive and not always good private schools, whose graduates face uncertain prospects on the job market. Wang Pan’s family is very poor. As a single child, she is her parents’ only chance for a secure old age. Consequently the family gets into debt solely for the purpose of sending Wang to a private school. Wan Chao finished his studies at one such school, and then went to a big city to find work. His initial enthusiasm soon turns to despair and concern about how he is going to make a living. He is one of 2 million fresh graduates who cannot find employment in China each year. This mosaic is completed by Wang Zehziang, a teacher who is obliged during school holidays to attract students in rural areas to study at the school where he teaches. Almost nothing he tells these young people and their parents is true. Nonetheless, if Wang doesn’t want to be deprived of work, he has no choice. This film shows how education has become a lucrative business in China.



Thematic Category: Why poverty?

Production:
Don Edkins
Steps
7 Glynville Terrace
8008 Cape Town
South Africa
e-mail: don@steps.co.za
website: www.whydemocracy.net