The 20th session of the Youth Assembly at the United Nations
Power Differentials: How to Reach the Most Vulnerable
Conference Room 11，UN Headquarters
Led by BRAC
（Jonathan Zhong’s speech）
I’m glad that we mentioned the topic about what factor causes poverty. I’m Jonathan Zhong, and I’d like to add to Martin’s opinions.
I’m a founder and leader of an educational NGO in China, and I’d like to share some experiences from the front line to balance the educational resources and eliminate poverty. I want to say that poverty resulted from lots of reasons, but education is the key problem. There is a research in China illustrates that if farmers get higher education, their income will raise too. Education is the key to alleviate poverty from origin, and is the direct way to cut the poverty transmission between generations.
Our NGO is working on this issue, and we designed series of projects to balance educational resources and alleviate poverty, like providing online educational resources and creating “charity class” for poor students in remote areas, and we now can influence 80,000 online or offline students. I do think this is an effective way to solve the poverty problem caused by education, and we really have to value the importance of education.
The Financial Regulations of FutureChina
I. The main goal of FutureChina’s financial management is to well arrange the economic actions through managing and utilizing the funds. The management includes those contents that follow: establishing the management system of monetary funds, e-bank U shield and bills; checking incomes resources, lowering expenses, and effectives using the funds; consolidating the business accounting and improving the efficiency of fund using; maintaining the organization’s property and maximizing the utility of the funds and materials; performing the financial analysis, participating in the financial decision, regulating the financial information announcement and promoting the construction of the organization.
II. The financial management of FutureChina includes those contents that follow: financial management regulations, monetary fund management, e-bank U shield, bill management, budget management, income management, expense management, material management, property management, financial analysis and supervision, financial accounting, financial hand-over, financial information announcement, financial file management.
III. The financial management is a significant part of the FutureChina’s management. FutureChina shall perform the financial management solidly according to the regulations.
IV.FutureChina’s financial management is principally under unified leadership and allocated to specialized departments. Under the leadership of the council, all financial actions is under the management of the financial department.
The specific regulations are as follows.
-The System of Financial Regulations-
-The Regulation of Cash-
-The Regulation of U aegis and receipts-
-The Regulation of Budget-
-The Regulation of Revenue-
-The Regulation of Payment-
-The Regulation of Cost-
-The Regulation of Material Management-
-The Regulation of Annual Financial Report-
-The Regulation of Financial Handover-
-The Regulation of Disclosure of Accounting Information-
-The Regulation of Accounting Records-
The Origin of FutureChina
The regional and intergenerational disparity of educational resources among high schools in Southwestern areas shocked me when I went to Wu Zhongliang High School as a visiting student together with my friend Kang Weiyang in Lezhi County in Sichuan Province. However, it is only an epitome of educational inequality in China.
The Regional Disparity means that in developed regions, high schools hold a large portion of high-quality educational resources, and it continues to attract an increasing number of excellent students and teachers, contributing to the Matthew Effect.
Meanwhile, the Intergenerational Disparity means that children born in families with superior conditions can take part in greater courses and after-class activities, which can ensure them to improve comprehensive qualities. This virtuous circle enables that children from these families to receive good education, and inherit their parents’ abundant property. Unfortunately, it is almost unimaginable for students born in poor families.
In the conditions mentioned above, based on the regional and intergenerational disparity, the education for high school students has formed a closed circle, which constitutes the essential reason for educational inequalities.
With the rising rate of autonomy enrollment system and the trend of going abroad to pursue further study, it is much more possible that students without such great educational resources would fail this competitive race. As the gaokao champion in Beijing says, “it is more and more difficult for students in rural regions to be admitted to top universities. The winners of the exams are people like me, living in families with good conditions.” His words reflect the fact. However, for students who are not competent enough, they are not the ones who have to shoulder the responsibilities to solve this problem: we are supposed to provide social support for them.
Thus, since 2014, members of FutureChina organized or took part in teaching projects to be a volunteer in their hometown, and handed out free brochures to share their study experience, summing to 10,000 copies. In 2016, <Here We Set Off> was published, displaying a variety of outstanding students’ life stories to high school students, which sold hundreds of copies and was in the stack of Fudan Universtiy, Sidhuan University and so on. By employing the profits of this book, the group of FutureChina was finally set up and officially registered in China. It marked the beginning of the long march of ameliorate the educational status quo.