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.
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
Overseas NGO Management Law discussed at Shanghai seminar
A seminar was held at Shanghai Jiaotong University on May 21st to discuss the second draft of the Overseas NGO Management Law. More than 50 legal experts and scholars came from all over the country to discuss the draft legislation. The event was co-organized by Jiaotong University and The Center for NPOs law of Peking University. An article in the Shanghai Education News detailed the event, saying that as China has developed its interaction with overseas NGOs has increased. Operating in areas such as education, science, environmental protection, and public health, the different concepts, management methods and operational systems of overseas NGOs have contributed to the development of China’s own NGOs. At the …read more
“Asia’s biggest rainbow flag” paraded through Chinese university campus
On last week’s International Day Against Homophobia, Sun Yat-Sen University’s students organized an event to parade the rainbow flag to support LGBTQ groups on campus and kick-off Guangzhou’s gay pride month. The student publication Edaily at SYSU interviewed the event organizers and participants. According to participants at the parade, the event was organized through WeChat. Participants each received individual messages about details of the event. Participants weren’t limited to SYSU students and many came from nearby schools. Both students who identify themselves as LGBTQ and students who don’t, were actively involved in this event. Many non-LGBTQ participants expressed their willingness to show support and respect by taking part in the event. Participants …read more
Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Duan Tao of the Sino-Ocean Charity Foundation
An Interview with Duan Tao, Secretary General of the Sino-Ocean Charity Foundation, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” project
New reports on child protection released before the Liang Hui
Two reports on child protection were released at a pre-CPPCC seminar hosted by the China Social Assistance Foundation on March 2, 2015. The two reports were titled the Primary School Teaching Plan on Child Sexual Assault (防性侵教育小学标准教案) and the Training Plan for Primary School Teachers to Avoid Sexual Assault Against Students (小学生防性侵课教师培训教案). Guests attending the seminar included NPC & CPPCC delegates, school principals, lawyers, education experts, scholars, reporters, and representatives from the government. During the seminar, Sun Xuemei, founder of the “Girl Protection” project run by the China Social Assistance Foundation, also released their project report: the 2014 Statistical Report on Child Sexual Assault Education and Child Sexual Abuse Cases (2014年儿童防性侵安全教育及性侵儿童案件统计报告). The report, …read more
What’s the relationship between migrant children and “left-behind children”?
This article explores the relationship between two phenomena in China, the children of migrants who have moved with their parents from rural areas to cities to find work (liudong ertong) and ‘left-behind children’ whose parents have moved to cities for work but have left them in rural areas (liushou ertong).
Inspiration from Expertise-based Grassroots Advocacy
CDB’s Chief Researcher Liu Haiying gives some examples of successful advocacy campaigns pushed forward by groups of experts.
Parents in Beijing, children in Hengshui: hukou issues make family reunions rare
This story is about the case of over a thousand students attending the Hengshui boarding school because they cannot sit the gaokao in Beijing for lack of appropriate hukou.
Zhaodong strike ends, pension reform still controversial
After the government has accepted to increase the teachers’ wages by 772 RMB/month on average, the strike ended on November 20th.
Demanding higher wages, teachers in Zhaodong do not return to class
8,000 teachers in Zhaodong city, Heilongjiang province have been striking since November 17th after two rounds of negotiations with the authorities failed.
The multiple changes and hopes brought by the Gaokao reform
On September 4th, the Ministry of Education published the “opinions on the deepening of the exam and students’ recruitment procedures reform” (关于深化考试招生制度改革的实施意见).
Error-ridden migrant children schools
Caixin publishes a portfoglio about the destruction of migrant children schools across the country.