Xu Teli(1877-1968), originally named Mao Xun,styled himselfShitao, a native of Changsha, Hunan Province, one of the “Five Great Founders” of CPC, a great revolutionary and educator, one of the most respectedteachers for Chairman Mao.
Xu dedicated himself to seeking the right path to save China and the Chinese nation. In his early years, he believed in “Saving the country through education”and strived to change people through education. During the period of “Great Revolution”, he devoted himself to farmers movement and joined CPC resolutely in the most critical moment of revolution in 1927. In the later years, he played a part in a string of events including Nan Chang Uprising, Central Soviet Area Construction, Long March, the construction of border region of Shaanxi Province and New China. After the founding of PRC, he served successively as the Vice Minister of Education of Central Soviet Area, director of Education Department of Shaanxi-Gansu-Ningxia border region, member of the central committee of CPC, member of the standing committee of the National People’s Congress. Xu has been highly respected and praised by people all over the country, the Party and state leaders for his noble charcter and high prestige. Chairman Mao commented him as “Revolution First, Work First and Others First”and his life was “Glorious, Great and Revolutionary”. Premier Zhou praised him as “The Light of the People and the Glory of the Party”; Chairman Liu: The Honor of CPC; General Zhu: The Greatest Sage of the Time.