More than one thousand people turned out to say farewell to a much loved headmaster, who had raised over thirty million yuan to help impoverished children go to school.
The Du’an High School headmaster, named Mo Zhengao, over the course of his 30 year career used his own meager wages and that which he earned through fundraising to help almost twenty thousand poor children from the province attend school.
For his selfless devotion to helping those less fortunate, Mo became to be known as the “monk” headmaster.
Every year, Mo was responsible for helping students attend famous universities in China, such as Tsinghua University and Peking University. His alumni can also be found studying abroad in a wide range of countries including the US, Germany, Australia and Singapore.
Upon learning of his passing, students at Du’an High School turned all lights off in the school and held a three minute silence as a mark of respect for their former headmaster.
Shanghai has also seen its fair share of philanthropists trying to tackle the problem of child poverty. Last year an elderly man donated his 380-square-meter villa to a charity helping to build schools in some of China’s poorest provinces.
By Dominic Jackson
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