Alibaba’s founder, Jack Ma, urged many entrepreneurs during a charitable foundation event hosted by the company in Sanya, Hainan Island on Sunday to work with him and build boarding schools in rural China areas to help “left-behind children” get proper and safe education.
In the event, Ma, citing the Ministry of Education, said that at average, primary school students walk 5.4 kilometers (3.3 miles) from their home to school everyday, according to South China Morning Post. One perfect example for this is Wang Manfu, better known online as “Ice Boy,” who became an internet sensation after pictures of him covered in snow became viral earlier this month.
A photo of a grade three primary school student from Zhuan Shan Bao Primary School in Xinjie County, southwest China’s Yunnan Province, with his hair frozen went viral on Jan. 9
The picture shows that the boy’s hair had turned white after walking for over an hour, about 4.5 kilometers (2.7 miles), in minus 9 degrees Celsius (15 degrees Fahrenheit) just to get to school, according to China Daily.