'Today, we see hope in the earthquake disaster areas because of the children ... I hope all of you move forward to a bright future,' Premier Wen Jiabao said yesterday, trying to embolden students who survived the massive Sichuan quake. Standing before 500 students from the Beichuan Middle School in Mianyang yesterday morning, the premier encouraged the teenagers to take strength from the disaster. 'Lift up your weary heads and keep your backs straight to move on to a bright future,' Mr Wen said. 'I hope teachers and students will see the earthquake as a vivid lesson and never forget it.' The quake flattened one of the school's buildings, killing more than 1,000 students and teachers, and the surviving classes have since moved into a Mianyang training centre owned by the Sichuan-based Changhong Group, which has promised to rebuild the school. 'Like all of you, I was very sad after realising the death toll,' Mr Wen said. 'Let us remember the 5.12 [May 12] earthquake, remember Beichuan, where you grew up, and the Beichuan Middle School, your former place of learning. You will understand what life is. 'Life is a bumpy road, with many difficulties, sometimes we even need to face disasters.' He urged the 500 final-year students, who will sit next month's annual university entrance exams, to rebuild their lives as soon as possible and prepare for new challenges. 'Today, many people gave you support and helped you to settle down,' he said. 'In the future, you should study hard to learn good skills to help others. It's the best way to repay the people [who helped you]. 'The spirit of helping each other is the 'love' on Earth,' he stressed. It was Mr Wen's third visit to the students. Last time, he asked them to be calm, brave, confident and strong, but this time, he called on them to work past the earthquake nightmare. To encourage the students, Mr Wen wrote on a blackboard: 'Much distress regenerates a nation.' He promised to return again. In addition, he visited orphans taking classes in tent schools in Jiuzhou, Mianyang, where he met the children 10 days ago. 'You are insisting on continuing to study even though suffering from the painful memories of losing parents and relatives. 'I am very proud of you,' he said, adding that authorities would erect more tents and temporary housing for them. 'Only if we make children's education the top priority, can we rebuild the disaster areas properly,' he told local government officials and teachers. 'The children are your country's hope.' The premier's tour also included a trip to a hospital to visit a boy rescued by soldiers from a collapsed kindergarten, and inspection of the area near Beichuan county, which has been sealed off since the disaster. He suggested local authorities create an earthquake museum in the county to remember the calamity.