Students from Beichuan High School who survived the quake have been relocated to Mianyang and have resumed classes. Despite losing families and schoolmates, the students are determined to continue their studies.
Students from Beichuan High School who survived the quake have been relocated to Mianyang and have resumed classes.
On the two sides of the gate, the sisters have been seeing each other everyday since the earthquake. Their parents are still missing. The older girl keeps looking for them while her sister stays in school, preparing for exams.
With the help of the information desk, many people come to look for their relatives. And there are happy family reunions almost everyday. The father has been waiting for days to pick up her daughter.
One earthquake survivor said "I'm so happy to find her with the help from her teacher. It's nice and safe here. Now I can bring my daughter back home."
Now more than 1,100 students are taking temporary shelter in this training center of a local enterprise. All basic daily necessities are provided free of charge.
Nine days after the earthquake, and about 500 Grade Twelve students have resumed classes. They are preparing for the college entrance exam, which takes place nationwide on June seventh and eighth. But local education authorities have made plans to postpone the exam to allow better preparation for quake affected students. No specific date has been set so far.
Another earthquake survivor said "I lost four family members in the earthquake, including my parents. I've always wanted to get into college and major in agriculture so that I can help build the countryside. My dream has not changed."
The students in Beichuan High School are lucky to have survived the earthquake. For many of them, their life will never be the same. It is a new beginning that carries a deeper meaning. How the students here still have hopes to hold on to and dreams to fulfill.
(CCTV May 22, 2008)