Church Schools Creates a New Era of Modern Education in Fujian

By CCD contributor: Lin Muli , August 27, 2018 17:08 PM

Group photo: the teachers and students of Yangzheng Girls' School when it was founded in 1892(Provided by Chris White )

At the end of 19th century, John Watson and Henry Thompson, Britain missionaries, shared the gospel and laid a solid foundation in Zhangpu County, Fujian Province. In 1889, the English Presbyterian Mission funded to build a church and schools near it, creating a new era of modern education in Zhangpu.

The English Presbyterian Mission established a kindergarten in 1891, and Yangzheng Girls' School, a primary school located in which is now the "red house" in Xinluwei, Zhangpu. The school had an attached kindergarten and a women learning group, particularly for teaching illiterate women Chinese and Minnan written vernacular. Though recruiting boys and grown-up illiterate women, these units are all called by a joint name, "Yangzheng Girls' School of Zhangpu, Fujian."

The school started to use textbooks published by the government, and recruited over 100 students, during the period of the Republic of China. Miss Maclagan, a missionary from Britain, was the first president of the school. In 1947, Yangzheng Girls' School closed down due to financial difficulties.

In 1904, Fengyuan Private Primary School of Zhangpu, the predecessor of The First Experimental Primary School of Zhangpu, was established. Rev. Wu Ju was the first president of the school board, while Huang Depi took the post of principal. In 1920, the alumnae of Yangzheng Girls' School and the English Presbyterian Mission funded a two-floor teaching building. This around-600-square-meter building is commonly known as Red House.

In 1932, the Red House was once the military office when Red Army occupied Zhangpu. Now the Red House, of which the building property right belongs to Puyi Church, is now a provincial cultural relics protection unit and education base of revolution tradition of the county. Before 1949, Fengyuan Private Primary School had the best equipment and teachers of the county. Many of its students were to become notable persons in political and academic circles. In 1952, Fengyuan Private Primary School was turned into a public school and is now known as Zhangpu No. 1 Experimental Primary School. 

- Translated by Lin Changfeng

Related Article

Must Read

comments powered by Disqus

More from CCD

New Church Dedicated inTianjin

On September 15, 2019, a new church in Xianshuigu Town, Jinnan District, Tianjin, was dedicated.

A Story of a Church Split: Why Is There Dissension in Church?

The story began with a pastor who led a reviving church in the new era. People called him Rev. Dong.

Shenzhen Shatoujiao Church Holds Group Leader Training

On September 15, 2019, Shenzhen Shatoujiao Church held the second training program for group leaders.

Shandong Churches Visit the Elderly

The social service staff as well as church volunteers of the Jesus Church in Yicheng District, Zaozhuang, Shandong province paid visits to rural nursing homes.

Jilin Church Holds Fun Sports Activity

Nanzhan Church of Dongfeng County, Liaoyuan, Jilin province held its fifth fun sports activity.

Shenzhen Xiangmihu Church Founds Sacred Music Choir

On September 5, 2019, the sacred music choir of Shenzhen Xiangmihu Church was officially founded.

Jilin Church Holds Writing Training

On September 10, 2019, Nanzhan Church of Dongfeng County, Liaoyuan, Jilin province held a writing training program for its ministry of writing.

Shenzhen Xiangmihu Church Founds English Fellowship

On September 7, 2019, the English fellowship of Shenzhen Xiangmihu Church held its first formal gathering.

Jilin Church Holds Mid-autumn Festival Gathering for the Elderly

Youhao Church of Dunhua, Jilin province invited more than 100 "left-behind" seniors to attend a gathering for the traditional Mid-autumn Festival.

Shanghai Allen Memorial Church Marks 40 Years Since Reopening

The number of registered Christians in Hongkou District had skyrocketed from more than 300 to about 14,000 since the reopening of the Methodist church.