Project Hope and the Hope School System in China


  • Samuel C. Wang University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



Curriculum, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Education, Government Role, Program Effectiveness, Rural Schools


I investigate the creation, development, contributions and limits of Project Hope, a huge government-endorsed education project seeking non-governmental contributions to overcome educational inadequacy in poverty-stricken rural communities in transitional China. By reexamining the composition of sponsored students, the locations of Hope Primary Schools and non-educational orientations for building and expanding schools, I argue that Project Hope and its Hope School system have not contributed to educational access, equality, equity, efficiency and quality as it should have. Poverty-reduction-oriented curriculum requirements in Hope Primary Schools are theoretically misleading and realistically problematic.


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Author Biography

Samuel C. Wang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Samuel C. Wang is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Education and Social Sciences and a research assistant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With bachelors and masters degrees obtained in China, he served in institutions of English education, publishing and science education before he sought doctoral study in U.S. He was an Editorial Assistant with the journal Educational Theory for 1997- 1998. His main research interests include education in Asia and education and human development.




How to Cite

Wang, S. C. (1999). Project Hope and the Hope School System in China. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 7, 28.