At 10 am, June 29, the "July 1 medal" awarding ceremony was held in the Great Hall of the People. Chinese president Xi Jinping presented medals to the 29 recipients in grand music. Zhang Guimei, the Party branch secretary and the founder of Huaping Girls' High School in Lijiang, Yunnan province, was one of them.
The July 1 Medal, the highest honor of the Party, was created this year to commend outstanding CPC members, workers on Party affairs and grassroots Party organizations nationwide.
Zhang Guimei 's story has also sparked hot online chats overseas.
On the Facebook platform of Yunnan Daily Press Group's English "Amazing Yunnan", Thai "Mekong", Cambodian "Khmer", Lao "Champa" and Myanmese "Mingarla", many foreign netizens left messages to praise Zhang Guimei, who has dedicated herself to the education in China:
网友Kadder : 非常赞赏她的自我牺牲、兢兢业业和不放弃的精神，全力以赴是龙（中国人）的天性。
Kadder:“I admire her self-sacrifice, hardworking and persistent spirits. It is the nature of the dragon (Chinese) to go all out”.
Deng Zhiwen:“The stories of headmaster Zhang Guimei are so touching. It is amazing and admirable that she helped girls in poor families get out of the mountain and entered universities."
It was the same old dress that she had worn for so many years and the same tired and resolute eyes on her face. Such an ordinary-looking teacher moved countless domestic and overseas netizens.
At the age of 64, she founded the first free girls' high school in China and helped nearly 2,000 girls in Yunnan mountainous regions to realize their dreams of going to college, creating an educational miracle! However, she has suffered from a variety of diseases.
Her unreserved and unrequited efforts have changed the lives of many families and even generations.
"A girl can influence three generations. An educated and responsible mother will never let her children drop out of school. And the children won’t become orphans,” said Zhang Guimei.