Keyword: Left-Behind Children

NGOCN: what can Chinese NGOs do for left-behind children?

What did NGOs in China do wrong? Several factors that could stop the Bijie children suicide incident from happening.

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

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

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

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

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).