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Poverty-alleviation officials and Miao villagers remove weeds and apply fertilizers in a field on the sidelines of a Mandarin training program in Wuying Village, which lies on the border between south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and southwest China's Guizhou Province, on July 26, 2020. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)

RONGSHUI, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Located deep in the mountains straddling the border between Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Guizhou Province, Wuying is a remote village inhabited by the Miao ethnic group where women over 40 have hardly ever attended any school. In their childhood, they were occupied with herding cattle, doing housework and taking care of younger siblings. Going to school had been a distant dream for them. They could neither read nor speak Mandarin, which made their communication with the outside world almost impossible.

Since March 2020, local authorities have initiated a Mandarin training program at Wuying Village as part of the local poverty alleviation efforts, employing college students to teach stay-at-home women Mandarin, music, dance and other skills.

Over the past months, over 70 training classes were offered in Wuying. The number of students attending the training courses has grown from 6 in the first class to nearly 30 now. To help attendees put the study into practice, poverty-alleviation officials in the village also set up after-school training centers, planting sorghum and raising fish along with local women.

In the past six months, more than 30 teachers from all walks of life, including primary school teachers, college students, traffic police, TV hosts and agricultural experts, have volunteered to teach lessons in Wuying. The training program has become a bridge for local women to reach the outside world.

Miao villagers Liang Zuying (L) and Pan Meimei finish their homework from a Mandarin training program in Wuying Village, which lies on the border between south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and southwest China's Guizhou Province, on Sept. 11, 2020.(Xinhua/Li Xin)

Miao villager Pan Kuimi (L, center row) and her granddaughter attend a lesson during a Mandarin training program in Wuying Village, which lies on the border between south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and southwest China's Guizhou Province, on June 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)

Miao villagers attending a Mandarin training program visit an elderly woman on the sidelines of their language courses in Wuying Village, which lies on the border between south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and southwest China's Guizhou Province, on June 6, 2020. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)

Volunteer teacher Wu Xiaoshu (R) teaches pinyin to a Miao villager during a Mandarin training program in Wuying Village, which lies on the border between south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and southwest China's Guizhou Province, on Sept. 12, 2020.(Xinhua/Li Xin)

College student Liang Mengxiang teaches dancing skills to Miao villagers on the sidelines of a Mandarin training program in Wuying Village, which lies on the border between south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and southwest China's Guizhou Province, on Aug. 15, 2020. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)

Volunteer teacher Gun Yinyun (L) teaches Miao villager Wei Meili how to pronounce correctly during a Mandarin training program in Wuying Village, which lies on the border between south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and southwest China's Guizhou Province, on May 8, 2020. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)

Miao villagers Pan Meiqiu (R) and Bu Meirou finish their homework from a Mandarin training program in Wuying Village, which lies on the border between south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and southwest China's Guizhou Province, on Sept. 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)

Miao villagers attending a Mandarin training program learn how to plant sorghum on the sidelines of their language courses in Wuying Village, which lies on the border between south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and southwest China's Guizhou Province, on July 4, 2020. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)

Aerial photo taken on June 19, 2020 shows a view of Wuying Village, which lies on the border between south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and southwest China's Guizhou Province. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)

Miao villagers attend a Mandarin training program in Wuying Village, which lies on the border between south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and southwest China's Guizhou Province, on Sept. 9, 2020.(Xinhua/Li Xin)

Volunteer teacher Wu Xiaoshu (R) helps Miao villager Liang Yingmi with homework during a Mandarin training program in Wuying Village, which lies on the border between south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and southwest China's Guizhou Province, on Sept. 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Li Xin)

Volunteer teacher Wu Xiaoshu (2nd R) revises homework for Miao villagers during a Mandarin training program in Wuying Village, which lies on the border between south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and southwest China's Guizhou Province, on Sept. 13, 2020. (Xinhua/Li Xin)

Volunteer teacher Wu Xiaoshu (L) teaches Miao villager Pan Meiyao how to write her name in Chinese characters during a Mandarin training program in Wuying Village, which lies on the border between south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and southwest China's Guizhou Province, on Sept. 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Li Xin)

Miao villagers attending a Mandarin training program learn fan drawings on the sidelines of their language courses in Wuying Village, which lies on the border between south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and southwest China's Guizhou Province, on Sept. 9, 2020. (Xinhua/Li Xin)

College student Pan Muzhi (1st R) teaches Miao villagers during a Mandarin training program in Wuying Village, which lies on the border between south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and southwest China's Guizhou Province, on April 29, 2020. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)

Combo photo taken on Sept. 11, 2020 shows the first homework done by 44-year-old Miao villager Pan Qiumei during a Mandarin training program in Wuying Village, which lies on the border between south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and southwest China's Guizhou Province. (Xinhua/Li Xin)

Miao villagers attending a Mandarin training program take part in farm work on the sidelines of their language courses in Wuying Village, which lies on the border between south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and southwest China's Guizhou Province, on June 19, 2020. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)

Miao villagers Liang Zuying (R) and Wei Meikuai look at study material while waiting for other trainees attending a Mandarin training program in Wuying Village, which lies on the border between south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and southwest China's Guizhou Province, on May 20, 2020.(Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)

College student Liang Mengxiang teaches Mandarin to 67-year-old Miao villager Liang Yingmi in Wuying Village, which lies on the border between south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and southwest China's Guizhou Province, on April 2, 2020. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)

Miao villager Bu Meirou practices writing her name in Chinese characters during a Mandarin training program in Wuying Village, which lies on the border between south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and southwest China's Guizhou Province, on Sept. 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Li Xin)

Volunteer teacher Wu Xiaoshu (rear) teaches a Miao villager how to write her name in Chinese characters during a Mandarin training program in Wuying Village, which lies on the border between south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and southwest China's Guizhou Province, on Sept. 11, 2020.(Xinhua/Li Xin)

Elementary student Bu Yongyuan (R) teaches pinyin to Miao villagers during a Mandarin training program in Wuying Village, which lies on the border between south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and southwest China's Guizhou Province, on Sept. 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Li Xin)■

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