“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
“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
New Season of “ Nature is Speaking” launched in Chinese
From April 20th until the end of June, the Conservation International Foundation (CI) will be releasing five new episodes of “Nature is Speaking” in Chinese. In an effort to invite the human race to listen to nature, the second season in Chinese will feature the themes of ice, homes, the coral reef, the sky and the mountains. Renowned Chinese actors and actresses Tony Leung, Chiu Wai, Sylvia Chang, Donnie Yen, Joan Chen and Feng Xiaogang have lent their voices to these natural elements as part of this campaign for the protection of the ecosystem. All the episodes will debut in the Parkview Green Mall in the city center of Beijing. Instead …read more
China’s five-year plan for Environmental Advocacy and Education released
The “National Environmental Advocacy and Education Work Outline 2016-2020” (《全国环境宣传教育工作纲要（2016-2020年）》 was recently released by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China, the Civilization Office of the Central Communist Party Committee, the Ministry of Education, the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League and the All China Women’s Federation. The Outline will be the base for the relevant governmental departments and social organizations to conduct advocacy and education related to environmental protection during the 13th five-year plan. The document is significant for raising public awareness of the environment and solidifying the concept of green development, and it is supposed to serve as an engine for …read more
If Everyone Could Take a Small Step Forward
Project officer Ma Lingling tells us two sad stories on disadvantaged children and their teachers. She calls for empathy and genuine efforts from project officers to understand the difficulties faced by the people they serve and empower them.
Liu Feiyue’s Family Photos for Left-behind Children
Photographer Liu Feiyue travels to Gansu Province to shot family photos for the left-behind children when their parents return for the Spring Festival.
Falling in Love with philanthropy
After becoming the only full-time employee of a start-up private foundation for education in 2013, Yao Rui, a girl from Hunan, blazed a trail forward in mid-western China, a region that is seen as a vacuum by private Chinese foundations looking for NGOs with whom to cooperate. Her active efforts and positive attitude heralded a whole new phase for the work of private foundations in the region.
Li Keqiang: never let left-behind children become a source of pain for their families
During the executive meeting of China’s State Council held on the 27th of January, it was decided to strengthen the care and the protection offered to “left-behind” children in rural areas. The premier of the State Council Li Keqiang expressed his wish that left-behind children should not be allowed to become a source of pain for their families and society. ”China has witnessed a special kind of development with both splendid gains and severe problems”, Li said. “On the one hand, a large number of migrant workers from the rural areas have made great contribution to the rise of China’s economy and urbanization. On the other hand, thousands of left-behind …read more
Researchers from Harvard publish report on China’s top 100 philanthropists
Researchers at Harvard have mapped the philanthropic activities of mainland China’s top 100 largest donors in 2015, examining their identity, their fortune, what sectors they work in, what causes their donation and which areas of the country benefit from their giving.