Keyword: Education

Opening of “super school” in Zhejiang prompts debate on China's exam-driven education

Opening of “super school” in Zhejiang prompts debate on China’s exam-driven education

Recent reports of Hengshui’s High School No. 1 opening a branch school in Zhejiang Province have sparked a national conversation not only on the quality of China’s examination-oriented education, but also on the pros and cons of the national college entrance exam (gaokao) system. It has also brought into question the necessity of so-called “super high schools”, like the school in question, that value test scores and memorization over innovation and critical thinking. Hengshui High School No. 1 is located in southern Hebei, the province that surrounds Beijing and has a population of some 75 million. The province is not one of China’s wealthiest, and in order to escape the poverty …read more

Visually impaired kindergarten teacher wins discrimination lawsuit

A kindergarten teacher with eight years of educational experience, who was denied teaching qualifications after a physical exam revealed that she was blind in her right eye, has won a lawsuit against her former employer. The teacher, who wishes to be identified as Wang Li in order to protect her identity, had spent years working to obtain her teaching credentials. She brought charges against the Wuyi Bureau of Education on the grounds that she was unfairly denied her teaching qualifications. On March 28, the Jinhua Municipal Court ruled that this was unlawful and that the Bureau of Education was required to revisit her credentials application within 15 business days. When …read more

A Shared Future: the Chinese Volunteers Helping Syrian Refugees

A Shared Future: the Chinese Volunteers Helping Syrian Refugees

The story of two Peking University students who went to Gaziantep, a Turkish city near the border with Syria, as volunteers to assist the numerous Syrian refugees there.

Report discusses challenges in educating migrant and left-behind children

Report discusses challenges in educating migrant and left-behind children

On March 28, China’s first Blue Book on migrant children was released, discussing new developments and challenges in the field of education for migrant and left-behind children. The flow of people moving from China’s inner provinces to the coast for work has created many issues, including educating the millions of children who have accompanied the migrant workers. Statistics from the Blue Book reveal that by the end of 2015, China had a floating population of 247 million people. According to the report, one in six people identified as a migrant. In addition, migrant children and left-behind children amounted to a combined 100 million. The report also reveals that the percentage …read more

Migrant parents pen letter to government about school quota

With fewer than 90 days to go until primary school registration begins, migrant workers sent a letter earlier this month to the education bureau of Guangzhou, the capital of southern China’s Guangdong p' ;&,"vIE' ;&,"laces for their children in public schools. Migrant workers do not hold permanent residency in Guangzhou and thus do not automatically qualify for free public schooling in the city. The quota for out-of-town students who can attend the city’s schools has increased this year, but parents are still worried that their children will miss out. “Many friends of mine have no choice,” 26-year-old Zhang Yongqiang, one of the parents behind the letter, told Sixth …read more

Sex ed books for primary schoolers shock Chinese parents

  A series of primary school sex education textbooks that candidly explains the topics of intercourse, sexual orientation, and gender equality has made some Chinese parents question whether 7 years old is too young to learn about the birds and the bees. The online discussion was kicked off by a mother from Hangzhou, a city in the eastern province of Zhejiang, who was astonished to find illustrations of reproductive organs in a textbook for second-grade students. She took to microblog platform Weibo to voice her complaints, writing: “Do children nowadays start studying these things in their second year of primary school?” A textbook illustration shows a boy refusing to let …read more

Two young Americans establish organization to provide glasses for schoolchildren in rural Yunnan

The story of two young Americans who began an organization called “Education in Sight”, aiming to provide vision tests and eyeglasses to students in rural Yunnan Province, has recently been featured in reports about philanthropy and goodwill across China. After graduating from Columbia University and Boston University respectively, Sam and his friend Andrew came to China in 2010 to teach rural children. After a twelve hour car ride from the provincial capital of Kunming, Sam and Andrew arrived in a small Yunnan village, where most residents had never even seen a foreigner. Their real story began after they became acquainted with the village and the students in the school. Not long after they began teaching, …read more

Inclusive education, a new model for children with special needs

Inclusive education, a new model for children with special needs

China’s State Council approved the revised draft of the “regulations on the education of the disabled” on the 11th of January 2017. Among other things, the document promotes an “inclusive education” for children with disabilities. Meanwhile, in some areas of China local educational departments and charity organizations have already been implementing inclusive education programs for such children. In the Wuhou district of Chengdu, southwestern China, some schools included in such programs are now taking a precursory approach towards children with special needs, integrating them with their peers rather then giving them a special classification. Keer is a 9-year-old girl with cerebral palsy. She used to go to a special education …read more

Sustainability and Education: an Interview with Dr. Shannon May

Sustainability and Education: an Interview with Dr. Shannon May

American anthropologist and educational expert Shannon May talks to CDB about her experiences in rural China and her current attempts to make education more accessible for children around the world

Free toilet paper project to improve sanitation in schools

Free toilet paper project to improve sanitation in schools

Although the toilet is a small place that can be easily ignored, it is a key factor in the creation of a culture of health and closely related to people’s living conditions. A “Toilet Culture Forum” was held at the Loujiang Experimental School in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, on November 6th. The forum was hosted by the Shenzhen International Philanthropy Institute and the Kunshan Yuting Foundation, and also gained support from Tsinghua University’s Ecological Design Centre and Beijing Normal University’s Toilet Culture Research Centre. Guests could not only visit an exhibition on “toilet culture”, but also participate in a discussion on students’ health and the Foundation’s free toilet paper project. The …read more

100 free cinemas built to enrich children's lives in remote areas

100 free cinemas built to enrich children’s lives in remote areas

The 100th Huayi Brothers’ free cinema for children opened in Lijiang, Yunnan Province, on October 26th. Government officials and CEO of the Huayi Brothers Group Wang Zhonglei attended the opening ceremony, alongside local children dressed in striking ethnic minority costumes. The free cinema project is one of the Huayi Brothers Foundation’s most important ones. Its aim is to help children in impoverished regions access free movies. Over the past five years, 100 free cinemas have been built in a number of provinces including Henan, Yunnan and Qinghai. About 150,000 children have benefitted from them. The free cinemas have played a significant role in enriching children’s inner world, not only by showing …read more

All-China Women's Federation marks the International Day of the Girl

All-China Women’s Federation marks the International Day of the Girl

The All-China Women’s Federation (ACWF) hosted a seminar on “Girls and Sustainable Development” in Beijing last Monday, in order to mark the fifth “International Day of the Girl”. The International Day of the Girl is a global observance day declared by the United Nations, which has been celebrated on every October 11th starting from 2012. Its aim is to promote equal access for young girls to education, nutrition, legal rights and healthcare as well as protecting them from discrimination, violence and child marriages. More than 200 representatives from the ACWF, charitable organizations, enterprises, news media and related academies attended. During the event, the chairwoman of the ACWF Shen Yueyue gave a …read more

Alumni from Fudan, Tsinghua and China Agricultural University shown to be the most generous donors

On June 7th, the Hurun Research Institute released the “2016 Hurun Philanthropy List”, which shows that alumni from Fudan University, Tsinghua University and China Agricultural University donate money the most generously. Donations in the field of education mainly consist of donating money to one’s own alma mater. The list shows that Fudan University, Tsinghua University and China Agricultural University successively received the most donations. Other universities which have received more than 100 million yuan from their alumni include Peking University, Shenzhen University, the South-Western University of Finance and Economics and Sun Yat-Sen University. People are also making more and more donations to universities unrelated to them. For instance, entrepreneur Chen Yidan …read more

“Village Early-Education Centers” to improve preschool education in rural areas

The “Village Early-Education Centers” Project, which has now been operational for eight years, aims to improve the educational environment in rural areas, and particularly the low kindergarten enrolment of poor children. The project is sponsored by the China Development Research Foundation (CDRF, 中国发展研究基金会). By March this year, 874 kindergartens had been set up and 969 volunteer teachers had been recruited in 8 provinces and 14 counties. There are more than 22 thousand children currently studying in these kindergartens, and many children from poor, left-behind and single parent families have benefitted directly. The project’s ultimate goal is to push the relevant authorities to take strong measures, including increasing educational inputs in …read more

Chinese Children’s Policy Advancement Index Released

Developed by the China Philanthropy Research Institute of Beijing Normal University and sponsored by the Amway Charity Foundation, the “Chinese Children’s Policy Advancement Index” (中国儿童政策进步指数) was released for the first time in Beijing on the 31st of May, just as International Children’s Day was approaching. The Index shows that the 10 provinces to have made the largest progress in terms of children’s policies in 2014 are Zhejiang, Beijing, Jiangsu, Hubei, Chongqing, Shanghai, Shandong, Guangdong, Heilongjiang and Tianjin. The implementation and innovation of children’s policies in all 31 provinces, except for Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, are evaluated systematically. The index aims to accelerate the development and protection of children’s rights. Policies …read more

First Confucius School opened in a Chinese prison

First Confucius School opened in a Chinese prison

A Confucius School was opened inside a prison in Luzhong, Shandong Province, in the beginning of the month. Unlike the more famous Confucius Institutes, the Confucius Schools are a large-scale cultural program organized by the China Confucius Foundation with the aim of spreading Confucian thought, promoting traditional culture, and strengthening local communities. Starting in July 2014 over five hundred schools have been opened in mainland China, including provinces like Xinjiang, Qinghai, and Tibet. This Confucius School in Luzhong is the first school the foundation has opened inside a prison. Staff members at the prison said that the school helped to provide educational resources and professional knowledge which were mostly unavailable to …read more

“Intelligent Micro School” Project launched to support education in rural areas

“Intelligent Micro School” Project launched to support education in rural areas

The “Intelligent Micro School” Project (智能微校), sponsored by the China Youth Development Foundation (中国青少年发展基金会) and Baidu, was officially launched in Beijing this Tuesday. The project uses the platform provided by the internet to help construct new schoolhouses in rural areas. On the same day, the “Intelligent Micro School” (http://5yuan.cydf.org.cn) website was also launched. Through this website, people can “upvote” the schoolhouse design they like and donate money to support it. Baidu will then match the donation with an equivalent sum. That is to say that if someone donates 5 yuan, the Baidu foundation will donate 5 yuan as well. All the donations will add to the special fund for Project Hope, …read more

“Keep the Children Company” Project to take care of left-behind children

“Keep the Children Company” Project to take care of left-behind children

Rapid economic development throughout China has created a rich-poor gap, forcing millions of workers to emigrate from rural areas to the cities. This has caused millions of children to be left behind in rural areas under the care of relatives, mostly grandparents with little education. In order to help these children, a project called “Keep the Children Company” has been started in Leyun Village, Dazhou City, Sichuan Province. Thanks to this project, a “home” has been set up where left-behind children can do their homework, play chess, read books and play games. A group of “mothers” who can take care of the children has also been found. They have four main …read more