Zeng Baosun: China's Dedicated Educator

March 8, 2017  By Zhang Hongping  Editor: Sherry Song
Zeng Baosun: China's Dedicated Educator  

Zeng Baosun, (1893-1978). [baidu.com]


Zeng Baosun (1893-1978), a great-granddaughter of Zeng Guofan, one of the most important high ministers of the Qing period (1644-1911), dedicated herself to the field of education for her entire life.

In 1893, Zeng was born in Beijing. Her father was a reformer of the Hundred Days Reform, which was a 103-day national cultural, political, and educational reform movement from June 11, 1898 to September 21, 1898 in the late Qing Dynasty.

Due to the influence of her father and her grandmother, Zeng lived an open-minded life compared to other girls in the feudal society. She not only studied Chinese traditional culture but also learnt foreign languages, music, painting and sports.

When she was 14 years old, Zeng went to study in east China's Shanghai and later enrolled in an all-girls' mission school in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, from where she met the British headmistress Ba Luyi, who totally changed Zeng's life.

After learning more about the student, Ba appreciated Zeng's wisdom and moral quality greatly. In 1912, Ba decided to send Zeng to England for further studies.

Later, Zeng lived up to Ba and her family's expectations and entered London University with an excellent performance. Having followed the steps of her relatives, who have devoted themselves to saving the country by studying science, Zeng also picked the same subject and got the first Bachelor of Science among Chinese women in 1916.

After graduation, she continued her studies at Cambridge University and Oxford University successively.

In 1917, Zeng also studied the subject of education, and she then decided to return to China and start a school with Ba using financial aid from supporters in England.

In Zeng's eyes, her dreamy school was different from any other schools at that time in China. She wanted to establish a girls' mission school and emphasized integration between Chinese and western cultures and Christian spirit when educating students.

In 1918, Zheng realized her dream and set up Yifang School. It was a school where democracy was stressed, students and teachers got along well with each other and cases of student disturbances never happened.

Thanks to Zeng's hard work, the high-quality teaching environment helped all the students enter into universities at home and abroad during 32 years of operation.

Although she never married, she was not lonely because she shared her love with her students and the career of education.

(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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