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VOA慢速英语新闻:微软前高管的“读书屋”项目(双语)

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在今天的节目中,我们来介绍下为数千里之外儿童提供的两个教育项目。我们还将追忆美国历史上一件大事,这件事改变了美国儿童的教育方式。
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This is As It Is.
这里是美国之音慢速英语新闻杂志。

Welcome back. I'm Caty Weaver.
欢迎回来,我是凯迪·韦弗。

On today's show, we talk about two educational programs for children, thousands of miles apart. We also remember an important event in American history that changed the way children are educated in the United States.
在今天的节目中,我们来介绍下为数千里之外儿童提供的两个教育项目。我们还将追忆美国历史上一件大事,这件事改变了美国儿童的教育方式。

Almost 800 million people in the world are illiterate, meaning they cannot read and write. Most are in developing countries and more that 65 percent of them are female.
全世界约有8亿人是文盲,这意味着他们不能识文断字。大多数在发展中国家,其中65%以上的为女性。

A former official with the Microsoft company is helping to lower those numbers. John Wood has opened 1,650 schools and 15,000 libraries in some of the world's poorest communities. Avi Arditti has more on the man and his "Room to Read" campaign.
微软公司一名前高管正帮助减少这个数字,约翰·伍德在全世界最贫困国家开办了1650所学校和1.5万个图书馆。阿维·阿迪提将报道此人和他的“读书屋”项目。

"The thing I learned at Microsoft was that bold goals attract bold people. From the very beginning, I said Room to Read's goal was to reach ten million children around the world in the poorest countries."
“我在微软学习到的一点是,大胆的目标吸引大胆的人。一开始我就说,读书屋的目标是惠及全世界最贫困国家的1000万儿童。”

That is former Microsoft executive John Wood. In 1998, while he was still with Microsoft, Mr. Wood went on a three week walking trip in Nepal. While there, the businessman met a man who led a school in a mountain village. The man asked him to visit the school.
这位就是微软前总裁约翰·伍德,1998年他仍在微软时,伍德到尼泊尔进行了三周的徒步旅行。在那里,他遇到一名男子,此人开办了一所山村学校,这人邀请他访问这所学校。

John Wood said the experience changed his life.
约翰·伍德说这次经历改变了他的人生。

"This headmaster has 450 students at the school, but he didn't have any books. He had a library that was completely empty."
“这位校长的学校有450名学生,但他没有什么书本,他有个图书馆,但基本上是空的。”

Mr. Wood promised to fill the library.
伍德承诺将图书馆装满图书。

One year later, he returned to the village with a team of yaks carrying bags filled with books -- 3,000 of them. But that was just the start. John Wood retired from Microsoft, and used some of his wealth to start Room to Read. The not-for-profit organization is based on the belief that world change begins with educated children. Today the group operates in ten countries across Africa and Asia.
一年后他回到村庄,带来一支牦牛队,牛背上负着装着书本的袋子,总共3000本书。但这只是开始,约翰·伍德从微软退休后,就是用自己的部分资产创建了读书屋项目。这个非盈利组织的理念是,改变世界从教育孩子开始。如今这个组织在非洲和亚洲的10个国家进行活动。

"It's amazing what we've accomplished. We've built a world-class organization that's really a thought-leader on solutions for education in the developing world."
“我们的成就是惊人的,我们建立了世界性组织,在解决发展中国家教育问题上,我们是思想领袖。”

That is Erin Ganju, co-founder and chief executive of Room to Read. She says that world literacy is the group's first goal. But she says equality of the sexes is just as important. Ms. Ganju says Room to Read pays for a long term girls' education program to help girls empower themselves.
这位是Erin Ganju,她是读书屋项目的合作创办者和总裁,她说全世界扫盲是该组织的首要目标。但她说,性别平等也很重要。Ganju说,读书屋为女孩长期教育项目提供资金,帮助女孩赋权自己。

"It really focuses on not only keeping girls in school longer -- through the end of secondary school – but helps support them holistically. We bring female mentors into the communities that act as role models for the girls and we provide them with life skills workshops after school, where they learn critical skills such as goal-setting, leadership skills, problem-solving and they really become different."
“我们不仅是想让女孩多上几年学,不仅是上完初中,还要从整体上帮助她们。我们将女性辅导师引入社区,做女孩子们的榜样。我们在课后提供生活技能工作坊,让她们学习一些关键技能,比如目标设定、领导技能、问题解决,她们确实提高了很多。”

 词汇解释

1.illiterate adj. 文盲的;不识字的;没受教育的

I was an illiterate in the old society, but now I can read.
我这个旧社会的文盲, 今天也认字了。

2.bold adj. 大胆的,英勇的;黑体的;厚颜无耻的;险峻的

He was staggered by her bold act.
她的大胆举动令他目瞪口呆。

3.empower vt. 授权,允许;使能够

Congress is empowered to levy taxes.
国会被授权征税。

4.holistically 全面的,整体的,全盘的

This lets us see more of the whole picture, look at problems more holistically, and take corrective action sooner.
这使得我们可以看到更多的整体画面,更轻松地查看问题,更快地采取适当的行动。

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