Trailer of a VR documentary on left-behind children released at Davos Forum
On September 10th, the UN, China Development Research Foundation (中国发展研究基金会), and Caixin Media (财新传媒) jointly released the trailer of the Virtual Reality documentary Kindergarten in a Mountain Village (山村里的幼儿园) during the Summer Davos Forum. The premiere of the full documentary is expected to be on October 21st at the Fourth Children and Anti-poverty Conference (儿童与反贫困大会). It will be the first ever VR Documentary in China and the fourth VR documentary by UN. During the Summer Davos Forum, the UN also showed their first VR documentary Cloud Over Sidra concerning the Syrian refugees. The documentary focuses on the opportunities and challenges of solving the left-behind children problem in China. It was …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.
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
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
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
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
Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Wang Yi of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation
An interview with Wang Yi of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” series
Thinking Strategically: An Interview with Howard Liu, OXFAM China Programme Director
An interview with Howard Liu, OXFAM China Programme Director, as part of the “Thinking Strategically about Civil Society Assistance in China” series
China launches new plan for children development in impoverished areas
On January 15th, 2015, the State Council published the «Plan for the development of children in impoverished areas 2014 – 2020» that should benefit 40 million children. The plan aims at bringing the living conditions of these children up to national standards.
PGS in China – A Development Tool for Local Organic Agriculture?
Cornelia Kirchner discusses the use of Participatory Guarantee Systems as a way to promote organic agriculture in China in light of her experience working with the Beijing Farmers Market.
For the first time, the number of urban and rural residents with pension insurance decreases
Human Resources and Social Security departments recently released data from January to April which shows that 496,850,000 urban and rural people are insured, which 650,000 people less than the number recorded at the end of the 2013.