Pakistani students engage in China’s poverty alleviation campaign



BEIJING, Sept 7 – Pakistani students along with others in the Chinese city Weinan (shaanxi Province) got themselves engaged in China’s poverty alleviation campaign, Gwadar Pro reported on Monday.

About the campaign, they said the world is keeping a close watch on China’s fight against poverty as the nation has set 2020 as the year to eliminate absolute poverty.

The report says, two Pakistani students in Mansoor Ahmed Koondhar and Abdul Ghaffar Shar learn more about the campaign, and also take part in it in the rural area.

They, along with other 12 international students of the China’s Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University (NWAFU), paid a visit to Heyang County, Shannxi Province last week.

Koondhar showed special interest in the operation and management of a dairy farm during the outbreak of COVID-19 when visiting a farm in Heyang County on Sept. 3.

Koondhar wants to learn how the farm handle the dairy products’ transport, production and marketing in order to help Pakistani dairy farms as many of them encountered difficulties in operating amid the pandemic.

Luo Jun, Executive Vice-president of NWAFU, said, “A total of 33 international students from 11 countries including Pakistan had donated 1,200 yuan ($175.44) in total before the university sent a team to help poverty reduction in Heyang County.”

NWAFU used the money to buy popular science books and water color pens for Fangzhen Central Primary School.

Shar, on behalf of the international students donated them to the students of the primary school. He also encouraged them to read more good books and hoped they would change their destinies upon knowledge.

For some students, Shar is not a stranger, as he once taught them as a volunteer teacher in December 2019.
During the epidemic, Shar also got the opportunity to teach online classes to his students.

Shar shared his knowledge about China-Pak friendship, the two nations’ agriculture sector and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with them.

He hopes these students will engage in the construction of BRI in the future.

Luo Jun said that these activities will make the international students learn more about China and its rural vitalization strategy on one hand.

The international students can also help the local get rid of poverty by voluntary teaching, and promoting agricultural technology on the other hand, the report added.