China honours education pioneer who lifted 1,800 girls out of poverty

The founder of China’s first and only free public high school for girls – in a poor, mountainous region in the country’s southwest – has been honoured as an inspirational role model in this year’s Touching China awards.Zhang Guimei, 63, was in visibly poor health when she accepted the award on Wednesday, prompting a wave of sympathy and support on Chinese social media.China must boost education quality ‘to avoid middle income trap’The awards, which recognise wisdom, bravery and tenacity, are…