新世代,她力量:米雯娟的極限人生
2019年03月07日15:38

  在2019國際婦女節到來之際,“美好生活計劃”攜手世界銀行,推出特別策劃【新世代,她力量】,為大家帶來VIPKID 創始人米雯娟、快看漫畫創始人陳安妮、輕鬆籌創始人兼CEO楊胤等多位中國女性鼓舞人心的故事。

  請自我介紹一下。

  Tell us about yourself.

  我是米雯娟,是一位在線教育行業的創業者。五年前,為了實現大規模的個性化教育,讓孩子們快樂地學習英語,我創辦了VIPKID,借助網絡技術,讓孩子們在網絡上通過與外教一對一的視頻學習語言。現在,VIPKID已經連接了6萬北美外教和50萬的中國學員,也讓更多的鄉村孩子看到了精彩的世界。

  My name is Cindy, or Mi Wenjuan, and I am an entrepreneur in the online education industry. Five years ago, to provide large-scale personalized education so children could happily learn English, I founded VIPKID, a one-on-one English teaching platform which allows children to learn English from foreign teachers via video calls on the internet. Currently, VIPKID has connected 60,000 North American teachers with 500,000 Chinese students, and helped rural children in China see the colorful outside world.

  是什麼激勵你早上起床?你的動力是什麼?

  What inspires you to get up in the morning? What drives you?

  我的目標是創造一個“世界大課堂”,為孩子們連接全球最好的老師,讓他們更加快樂地學習。我並沒有把這個目標當作工作,這是我的興趣,也是我的夢想,是我人生奮鬥、實現自我價值的一種方式。作為“大米老師“,我希望看到孩子們能夠保持好奇心,自發地學、自信地學,這就是我們最大的成就。所以,每天早晨一睜開眼睛,我起床的動力都是如何為孩子們在全球找到更好的老師、內容和技術,讓孩子們在學習中體驗到遊戲一樣的快樂。

  My goal is to create a “Global Classroom” where children are connected with the best teachers around the world so that they can learn English. Actually, I do not regard it as a job, but as my interest, my dream and as a way to strive for success and realize my own value. As “Ms. Rice” (Mi means rice in Chinese), I hope that children can keep their curiosity, passion and confidence in learning, which would be our biggest achievement. Therefore, every morning I open my eyes, I am motivated by how to find better teachers, textbooks and technology from around the world so that children can enjoy learning as much as they enjoy playing.

  每天早上六點鍾,叫醒我的是“客戶之聲”,我會用手機接入前一天的客服電話的錄音剪輯,聽聽孩子和家長們對VIPKID產品服務的意見和建議。學習是一件美妙有趣的事情,VIPKID的所有員工都致力於為孩子們的學習提供最優質的體驗,我們希望通過努力讓孩子們體會到學習中的快樂,不再有畏難的情緒。

  At 6:00 every morning, I’m woken up by the “Voice of the Customers.” I use my cellphone to connect to the recording clips of our customer service calls from the previous day and listen to the feedback and suggestions for the VIPKID products and services from our students and parents. Learning is such a wonderful and interesting thing. All staff at VIPKID are devoted to providing students with the best learning experience and hope that children can really feel the happiness of learning, instead of getting frustrated in face of challenges.

  是什麼讓你走上這條路?

  What set you on this path?

  一方面來自於我自己的語言學習經曆。語言的學習給我的人生帶來了很大不同,讓我瞭解到語言背後多樣的文化,看到地球另一端世界的精彩。我堅信教育能改變孩子們的人生。

  On the one hand, it’s my own language learning experience that inspires me. Language learning has made a huge difference in my life and allowed me to understand the diverse cultures behind languages and see a wonderful world on the other side of the globe. I firmly believe that education can definitely change children‘s life.

  另一方面,時代為創業造就了良好的機遇。網絡的普及,為教育行業帶來了更多的想像空間。創業前我在一家教育機構擔任教學負責人,但面臨著好老師難找,家長和孩子奔波在上課路上很辛苦,教學效果難以評估等難點。這些難點在網絡時代有了更多解決的可能,我們希望在全球教育資源最充沛的地區招募有經驗的老師,孩子們在家通過網絡上課,AI技術會幫助我們在課程中更客觀地評價孩子的學習效果,支持老師使用更加符合孩子特點的教學方式。

  On the other hand, there are good opportunities for entrepreneurship in this era. Access to the Internet provides more space for the education industry. Before I started my own business, I served as the head of a teaching department in a brick-and-mortar educational institution. But we were faced with many challenges. For example, it was hard to recruit good teachers; it was a waste of time and energy for parents and children to commute between school and home; and it was difficult to assess children’s learning outcomes. The internet age has offered more possibilities and solutions. We hope to recruit experienced teachers from areas with the most abundant educational resources; children are able to study at home through the Internet. AI technology can help us assess children’s learning outcomes in a more objective way and support teachers to use a more personalized teaching method for different children.

  對於走這條路的年輕女性,你有什麼建議?

  What advice do you have for young women who want to take a similar path?

  邁出自我舒適區,就能看到世界更多的精彩。全身心的投入一件事,過程就是一種回報。

  When you step out of your comfort zone, you will see more of our colorful world. When you dedicate yourself body and soul to something, the process itself is a reward.

  現在的狀態,是你想要的“美好生活”嗎?用幾個關鍵詞,形容你眼中的美好生活。

  Are you having the “ideal life” that you want? Could you please use several key words to describe what makes the “ideal life” in your mind?

  我覺得處於我想要的美好生活中,奮鬥本身也是一種美好,我們用自己的奮鬥去為更多家長和孩子們創造更多價值,這種回報更是一種美好。

  I think I’m living an ideal life that I want. Striving for success is a beautiful journey on which we are also creating more value for more parents and children with our efforts. The rewarding process is even more beautiful.

  世界大課堂——所有的孩子都能找到合適自己的學習方式。

  A Global Classroom —— A classroom where all children can find the personalized way of learning that fits them.

  雲端課堂——所有的孩子隨時隨地都能學習。

  A Cloud Classroom —— A classroom where learning can happen anytime and anywhere for all children around the world.

  愛孩子,懂教育——每一位老師都充滿愛孩子的心,同時具備高水平的教育技能。

  Love Children and Have A Key Insight Into Education —— All teachers really love children and are fully equipped with high-level skillset in teaching.

  欣賞——每一位孩子都能得到老師的欣賞,在學習中展現自信和自我驅動。

  Appreciation —— Every child can receive appreciation from teachers so that they are increasingly confident and self-motivated in learning.

  你有沒有喜歡的名言?

  Do you have a favorite quote or saying?

  只有天空才是你的極限。

  Only the sky is the limit.

  中國目前面臨的最大的問題有哪些?怎樣才能解決?

  What are the biggest issues in China right now and how can they be addressed?

  中國經濟發展良好,是全球化的倡導者和推動者。我們已經擁有目前國際領先的硬件能力,但仍需要大量的國際化人才,才能讓中國的硬件和優勢發揮最大效用。

  China has a fast-growing economy and is a champion and driving force for globalization. We have developed world-class infrastructure but still need a large number of internationalized talents to maximize the effect of infrastructure and China’s comparative advantage.

  國際一流水平的人才培養不是一蹴而就,需要長時間的持續投入,需要從娃娃抓起,讓未來一代從小就能接觸到優質的國際教育資源,具備中國精神、國際視野和創新能力,加入全球人才的競爭和協同。

  Developing world-class talent does not happen overnight. It takes a long time and continuous investment. It should come from children, by giving the next generation access to high quality education resources from early childhood, equipping them with international vision and innovation capabilities, and enabling them to compete and work with talent from around the world.

  你怎麼看25年後的中國?

  Where do you see China in 25 years?

  全球化是時代大趨勢,25年後的中國,社會舞台上活躍的就是目前在VIPKID學習語言的這一代小朋友,他們必然是國際化的“世界公民”,去參與更多的全球治理和人文交流。他們的創造力和開闊的眼界會為中國甚至世界帶來新的時代特徵,也會更加積極的推動中國的全球化進程。

  Globalization is a megatrend of our times. In 25 years, the children who are learning English through VIPKID will be active in the society. They will be internationalized “world citizens” involved in global governance and people-to-people exchange. They will bring new characteristics to China and even the world with their creativity and global vision and play a more active role in promoting China’s globalization process.

  你希望看到哪些變化能夠使中國進一步實現性別平等?

  What change would you like to see that could bring greater equality in China?

  過去的五年,我們持續做公益,將外教課程送到邊遠偏僻的山村,惠及了上萬名山村學童。在中國的邊遠山村,我們看到更多的女孩受到了教育,更多的女性從事有償工作。我們能感受到中國在持續的進一步實現性別平等。目前在中國的一線城市,更多的女性出現在職場上並取得成功,同工同酬基本上已經實現,我希望能看到越來越多的女性能夠從事自己喜歡和擅長的職業,能夠從工作中獲得更多的人生價值和樂趣。

  In the past five years, we have made constant efforts in public goods by giving students in remote rural areas access to foreign teachers’ courses, benefiting tens of thousands of rural students. In remote areas of China, more girls are receiving education and more women get paid work. We can feel that China is working towards gender equality. In China’s first-tier cities, more women are working as professionals and are successful in their career, with “equal pay for equal work.” I hope to see more women who are able to do the jobs they like and are good at and gain more value from life and their work.

  如果讓你用一個詞來形容東亞太平洋地區的婦女,你會用什麼詞?

  If you could use one word to describe women in East Asia Pacific what would it be?

  我想用一個成語故事“孟母三遷”,講的是一位母親為了讓孩子受到良好的教育,不斷搬家的故事。這個故事在中國家喻戶曉,並被很多母親認可。東亞太平洋地區的女性在子女教育上投入很大的精力和努力,她們都是了不起的女性,也是守護孩子們的天使和英雄。

  I would like to use a Chinese story called “Mencius‘s Mom moving three times.“ It is about a mother who moved three times to find a good environment for her son to live and study. The story is well-known in China and appreciated by many mothers. Women in East Asia Pacific invest great effort in their children’s education. They are all great women, as well as guardian angels and heroes for their children.

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