China’s education gap is a huge problem. It is said that some 60 million students in rural schools are left-behind children, struggle to grasp advanced subjects such as English and chemistry. 

To mitigate the education gap between the rich and the poor in China, China’s Ministry of Education has said that roughly 358,000 teachers were hired in the past year to serve in primary and middle schools in rural areas across the country. 

It’s also hoped that the proliferation of low-cost smartphones and education tech in the market will democratize education in rural China, where roughly 70% of China’s population live. There has been a project done in rural China to explore how the phone games could possibly be adapted to English literacy learning. Researchers with the Mobile & Immersive Learning for Literacy in Emerging Economies (MILLEE) Project have used gamification elements to teach literacy with promising results.

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com