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协会候任副会长王琳达——北川中学的“王妈妈”:十年教育路 慈善无终点

2018-05-12 13:20:47

作者:秘书处

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这几天,北川中学高三学子们很兴奋,因为他们的“王妈妈”又来了。王妈妈看望北川中学的学生们.jpg

图为王妈妈看望北川中学的学生们

2008年“5·12”地震后,十年以来,董事长王琳达带领怡海集团,从派出团队参与新学校援建到捐款捐物,从抚慰师生心灵到帮助北川中学恢复发展,从牵线搭桥组织支教到关心学校提高教学质量……每一年,王琳达都会重返北川中学,为高三学生做励志演讲。

获悉大地震消息的当天,正在美国哈佛大学进修的王琳达第一时间在哈佛大学发起赈灾倡议。

2008年9月21日,中国侨联援建北川中学项目设计正式启动,侨资企业怡海集团参与到援建队伍中来。王琳达邀请来自哈佛大学、麻省理工学院、香港大学、清华大学、同济大学和北京建筑设计研究院的专业建筑规划设计师共同组成国际设计团队,先后召开了12次方案讨论会,终于敲定了重建方案。

2010年8月17日,北川中学正式竣工,新学校投入使用。两年来,王琳达不仅在灾区前线协调设计建设,还奔忙于全国各地继续筹集善款。先后通过多种方式、多种渠道,多次为援助北川中学组织捐款捐物和支付直接用于援建北川中学的各种费用达1600余万元人民币,全部通过中国侨联公益基金会捐给北川中学。

“那段时间我几乎没有精力打理集团自身业务,还为此丢了几个大的商业项目。”王琳达说,但是在我的心里,北川的孩子就是自己的孩子,北川教育发展就是怡海的一份重要工作。

北川中学校长刘亚春(右)向怡海集团董事局主席王琳达(左)送上北川中学感谢信,感谢她十年来对北川中学的帮助和持续的关心。.jpg

图为北川中学校长刘亚春(右)向怡海集团董事局主席王琳达(左)送上北川中学感谢信,感谢她十年来对北川中学的帮助和持续的关心。

如此无私援建,北川孩子亲切地称王琳达为“王妈妈”。在地震中痛失妻儿的北川中学校长刘亚春,承受着失去亲人和重建学校的双重压力,他对记者说,“王琳达多年来的帮助让我充满感激,她来了之后,我安心了许多。”

“中国不缺爱心人士,缺的是慈善组织者,我希望北川中学的孩子也加入进来。”于是,王琳达组织出版了由74名曾经亲历地震的北川师生撰写的《爱在北川学子吟》。图书义卖7万余册获得捐款260余万元人民币,全部汇入中国华侨公益基金会账户,用于援建新北川中学。

新北川中学建成了,如何才能让灾区的孩子们接受更好的教育?这成了王琳达的心头大事。从2009年起,怡海教育集团携手北京市西城教委,从40所高中学校遴选优秀骨干教师到北川中学支教,先后联合派出六批,累计73人次。

“初衷是希望能解决当地师资不足问题,同时带去北京优质的教育理念和教学方法,让北川学子可以长期持续接受到优质教育。”实践证明,支教带动北川中学青年教师快速成长。今天的北川中学从2011年一本录取1.5%提升到2017年的34.7%,总录取比率从75.1%上升到98.2%,圆满完成了“三年恢复、六年提升、九年跨越”的目标任务。

作为改革开放初期来中国内地投资兴业的侨商,多年来王琳达一直坚持做慈善事业,赢得了很多赞誉,数次获得“中华慈善奖”和中国年度“十大慈善家”称号。

图为北川学子围绕在王妈妈身旁.jpg

图为北川学子围绕在王妈妈身旁

“让每一个学生都能够享有公平而有质量的教育。”这是新时代北川中学新的奋斗目标,也是王琳达的教育心愿。

Mama Wang at Beichuan Middle School

A ten-year journey to improve education and an enduring commitment to Charity  

Senior students in Beichuan Middle School were excited because their “Mama Wang” came again. 

Ten years ago on May 12, 2008, a devastating earthquake hit Beichuan. On the day of the earthquake, Linda Wong, who was studying at Harvard University in the United States, initiated a disaster relief initiative at Harvard University. 

On September 21, 2008, the China Overseas Chinese Federation assisted in the construction of Beichuan Middle School project design. Yihai Group participated in the creation of the aid construction team. Linda Wong invited professional architectural planners from Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Hong Kong University, Tsinghua University, Tongji University and Beijing Institute of Architectural Design to form an international design team. 

On August 17, 2010, the new Beichuan Middle School was officially opened. During the past two years, Linda Wong had not only coordinated the design and construction on the frontlines of the disaster area, but has also been busy securing donations in China. Through her unwavering commitment to this project, 16 million RMB were raised. All of the money was given to Beichuan Middle School through the China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese Philanthropy Foundation.

“At that time, I hardly had the energy to take care of the company’s own business and lost several large business opportunities.” Linda said, but in my heart, Beichuan’s children are my own children, and Beichuan’s education development is connected to Yihai as well. 

Beichuan children affectionately call Linda Wong "Mama Wang." Liu Yachun, headmaster of Beichuan Junior High School, who lost his wife and children during the earthquake, faced the pressure of losing loved ones and rebuilding the school. He told reporters, “ Linda Wong’s help over the years has given me huge support. After she arrived, I was relieved. ”

“There is no shortage of caring people in China. What is lacking is a charity organizer. I hope the children of Beichuan Middle School will also join in.” Linda Wong published “Love in Beichuan Students” written by Beichuan teachers and students who once witnessed the earthquake. More than 70,000 books were sold on a charity sale and donations amounted to more than 2.6 million Yuan were raised, all of which were remitted to the accounts of overseas Chinese charitable foundations and were used to aid the construction of New Beichuan Middle School. 

Since 2009, Yihai Education Group and Beijing Xicheng Education Committee have selected the top teachers from 40 high school schools to teach in Beichuan Middle School. They have sent six batches together, 73 teachers in total. 

“The original intention was to solve the problem of insufficient local teachers, and to bring Beijing's high-quality educational concepts and teaching methods so that Beichuan students can continue to receive quality education for a long time.” Reality has proved that the support led to the rapid growth of young teachers in Beichuan Middle School. Today's Beichuan Middle School has increased from an admission rate of 1.5% in 2011 to 34.7% in 2017, and the total admission rate has increased from 75.1% to 98.2%. 

As an overseas Chinese investing in the Mainland in the initial period of China’s reform and opening up, Linda Wong has been doing charity for many years and has been highly praised. She has won the “China Charity Award” and China’s “Top Ten Philanthropists” several times. 

“Let every student enjoy a fair and quality education.” This is a new goal of Beichuan Middle School in the new era and is Linda Wong’s educational aspiration.