China Daily: CANGO sets up program to combat climate change
China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO) has started an education program to raise awareness of environmental protection and climate change among students in China. As reported by China Daily Europe, from December 2012 to August 2015, CANGO has trained 810 teachers from 449 selected middle schools from both metropolises and rural areas across five provinces of China. These middle schools are mostly recruited from CANGO’s NGO network. According to Huang Haoming, the secretary-general of CANGO, German organization Brot Fuer Die Welt, or Bread for the World provided funding for this program. As part of the program, CANGO has also organized a national design competition for middle school students with the theme …read more
Project Hope launches the 23rd African Hope Primary School in Namibia
On September 3rd, “Hope Project in Africa” of China Youth Development Foundation (CYDF) launched its 23rd primary school, the largest one yet, in Omaheke region, Namibia.The school was officially delivered to Namibia and put into use after Yan Shi, the director of CYDF Hope Primary School department and the representative from Namibian Ministry of Education and Culture signed the project transfer documents. The primary school is named ‘China Tojoy Hope Primary School’(中国天九幸福希望小学) on completion of 8-month construction. Located near the boarder of Namibia and Botswana (400 km from the capital of Namibia), the school covers 1,500㎡ with 13 classrooms, offices for teachers, a multi-functional room and a playground. Before the …read more
Second public welfare summit on left-behind children held in Shenzhen
The second public welfare summit on left-behind children was held by Nanfang Metropolis Daily (南方都市报) in Shenzhen yesterday. It was co-hosted by Southern Media Group (南方报业传媒集团), the Department for Children of All-China Women’s Federation (全国妇联儿童工作部) and China Family Education Society (中国家庭教育学会). Nanfang Metropolis Daily started an initiative, named “Dream Action for Left-behind Children” (留守儿童圆梦行动), in 2009 to improve the living conditions and mental health of left-behind children, and in 2014 it held the first public welfare summit on left-behind children. The summit mainly focused on two topics: how to use legal methods to solve the problem of left-behind children, and how to establish social assistance system for them. Chen Xiaoxia, …read more
Two left-behind children murdered in Bijie
Two “left-behind” children were murdered in their home on August 4 in Bijie, Guizhou.The two victims were a 15-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy. Bijie is already well-known in China as being the location of the recent tragic suicide of four left-behind children in June, this year. This had already roused mass public interest in the problems facing the millions of children left at home while their parents look for work in urban areas.
Liu Feiyue’s Village of Left Behind Children
Photographer Liu Feiyue travels to one village in Gansu to document the lives of the “left-behind” children who live there.
By Our Side: A Visual Profile of China’s Left-Behind Children
CDB has republished and translated Liu Feiyue’s photo series on left-behind children called “Childhoods of the Left-behind children” (留守的童年).
Discussion panels on NGOs helping left-behind children
Following the recent tragic Bijie incident, three discussion panels have been held by the social enterprise Yuan En Space focusing on how different actors in China can join forces to help left-behind children.
Yuan En Space Roundtable on China’s Left-Behind Children
Earlier in June, four children committed suicide in their own home in Bijie, Guizhou. The tragic incident has brought public attention to the problems facing China’s “left-behind children”. CDB staff attended a roundtable event that discussed solutions.
China Youth Daily: what can NGOs do for China’s left-behind children?
The issue of China’s left-behind children issue has become the most discussed topic among Chinese NGOs. Most organizations agree that while material support for these children is important, mental and psychological needs are even more pressing.What kind of methods or models could Chinese NGOs follow to give psychological and mental support to left-behind children? The China Youth Daily writes that some Chinese NGOs (they use the term “social organizations” 社会组织) currently provide the following four types of services: 1. Community & non-professional service This type of service includes eenriching the daily lives of left-behind children by organizing after-school activities and installing facilities at schools. Research has shown that this type of service helps children become …read more
Over 60% believe Hukou system causes China’s left-behind children problem
What are the best solutions to solve the left-behind children problems? China Philanthropy Times asked people their opinion on the possible solutions.
Road to School releases white paper on mental issues facing China’s left-behind children
A strikingly 10 million children in China can’t meet their parents in a whole year.
Growing Home: The Chinese NGO that Tells Bedtime Stories to Rural Boarding Students
CBD’s Yang Jin profiles the NGO “Growing Home”, which helps rural boarding school students by telling them bedtime stories
Stay-behind or migrate? A sad childhood for 100 million Chinese children
Chinese newspaper Caixin writes that no country in the world has such a huge population of children that live away from their parents.They are the 60 million left-behind children in China’s rural areas and many are only able to meet their parents once a year. Most of the children are taken care of by elderly grandparents but it is estimated that two million live alone without any guardian. As an effect of long-time separation with their parents, loss of family ties, and weakening of family education, their living standards, mental and psychical health, and environment for growth is worse off than ordinary children. More strikingly, the rates of unnatural deaths and sexual assault in this …read more
Survey on the living conditions of China’s 61 million left-behind children
The Beijing News writes that the four children who committed suicide in Bijie are indicative of the mental state and living conditions of China’s “left-behind children”. The number of “left-behind children” in Chinese rural areas is always on the rise as the migrant population keeps expanding. In 2014 it reached 61.0255 million, which means that 1 in every 5 children in China is “left-behind”. The article also mentions a 2014 survey conducted by the NGO “On the Road to School”(上学路上), which looked at left-behind children in the rural areas of six cities and provinces. The survey, based on 2131 completed questionnaires, highlights aspects of the children’s lives such as how the absence of parents and poor grades at school negatively …read more
Solving the challenges facing ‘left-behind children’ requires efforts from everyone
On June 9th, four “left-behind children (留守儿童)” committed suicide in their home in Bijie, Guizhou. The tragic incident follows another three years ago, when five left-behind children died in Bijie after lighting a fire in a dustbin. The tragedy has once again brought national attention to the many problems facing children left behind by China’s migrant labourers. A Nanfang Daily article argues that these problems aren’t easy to solve and require coordinated efforts from both government and non-government. According to the article there are two possible solutions: one is to have parents come home (让爸妈回家) and the other one is to have children leave with their parents (跟爸妈离开). These might sound simple but to really …read more