The Ford Foundation: 15 years of educational funding projects in China
A review of the Ford Foundation’s grant-making in education in China from 2001 to 2016.
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Editor’s Note This is a summary of an article that originally appeared in 网易数读 on the 22nd of December 2018, under the title ”3600万流动儿童，和消失的农村学生” (36 million migrant children and disappeared students from the countryside). It is a response to a widely publicised project to bring classes taught by teachers from prestigious high schools to the countryside through live broadcasts. Earlier this month, a Wechat article entitled “This Screen Could Change Someone’s Fate （《这块屏幕可能改变命运》）” was shared widely in China. It was about how study through live broadcasting has inspired kids in the countryside, where educational resources are seriously lacking. By attending long-distance classes online, kids in Yunnan’s remote Luquan County were …read more
In the Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Hunan Province, due to low levels of education and family poverty, it is difficult for the elderly to shoulder the responsibility of educating orphaned grandsons and granddaughters. The prefecture has now started to explore a model of “centralized support” for orphans, designed to provide better education and living conditions for children who live up in the mountains with their impoverished grandparents and help them integrate into society. In 2015 the Xiangxi Charity Federation took the lead in launching the “Orphan Rescue” project, and built the first Ci’ai Garden (慈爱园) in Xiangxi, where 125 orphans from the mountains now form a warm …read more
On the Road to School (上学路上), a Chinese NGO that focuses on children, and particularly their spiritual growth, held a press conference in Beijing on October 16 presenting the “White Paper on the Psychological State of China’s Left-behind Children in 2018”. The research upon which the white paper is based was launched in December 2017, and lasted for nine months. 11,126 cases were collected from 19 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities. The research aimed to investigate left-behind children’s emotional state from the four perspectives of happiness, peace, anxiousness and confusion. Li Yifei, a professor from Beijing Normal University, presented the white paper during the press conference. The paper focuses mainly on …read more
On the 28th of August, the Minister of Education Chen Baosheng reported to the fifth session of the 13th NPC Standing Committee concerning the topics of educational equality and the integration of urban and rural compulsory education. The minister explained that, in order to promote educational equality, and especially the guarantee of migrant children’s right to receive a compulsory education, a unified national student registration system has been established in primary and secondary schools, and the procedure for transferring schools across provinces can now be conducted online. In 2017 the national number of migrant children in compulsory education was 14.066 million, an increase of 1.19 million compared with the previous year. …read more
Currently there are 1,678,000 disabled children under six years old in China, and every year there are 200,000 new disabled children. It is important to diagnose illnesses and disabilities in children as early as possible in order to have better outcomes. To help parents recognise problems earlier and seek treatment, the following measures have been implemented in China: 2009 – “Management for neonatal screening” to identify illnesses in new borns 2013 – regular testing of 0-6 year olds for vision, hearing, four limbs, cognitive ability and autism 2017 – free testing of psychological and mental behaviour development for 0-6 year olds From the 1st of October 2018 China’s first rehabilitation and …read more
At the end of August, a selection of photography pieces were put on display in the lobby of a shopping mall in Yizhuang, Beijing. The photos contain people, animals and landscapes. The artists who took them are six children from a mountainous regions of Yunnan, three of whom have disabilities. Set up by Save the Children, the gallery gives disabled children the chance to express themselves through the medium of photography. The gallery is the product of one of the inclusive education programs run by Save the Children in the rural areas of Yunnan. Since September 2016, these children have been attending photography lessons once every three months with professional …read more
Editor’s Note This is CDB’s abridged translation of a WeChat post by UNICEF China, published on the first of June, China’s official Children’s Day. Please find the original here. The graphs are all taken from UNICEF’s report. This Children’s Day, let’s get a deeper understanding of China’s children. Do you know the answers to the following questions: How many children are there in China? Where does China rank in the world for its total number of children? How many Chinese children are affected by migration? What different types of challenges do different child populations in China face? How many children are unable to live with their parents? Children are …read more
It was announced yesterday that, in order to better safeguard the rights and interests of disabled children and promote the civilized evolution of society, the executive meeting of the State Council hosted by Li Keqiang decided to establish a system of rehabilitation and aid for disabled children. From October 1st of this year, qualified disabled children from the ages of 0-6 years old who have sight, hearing, speech, limb or mental disabilities or are autistic, including disabled or orphaned children who come from deprived family backgrounds or are under the care of welfare organisation will be provided with medical procedures, fitted with aid equipment, given rehabilitation training and other treatment. If …read more
Editor’s note This report was originally published by Alizila. You can find the original here. The Jack Ma Foundation on Monday announced the first stage of a $3 million donation in support of the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development, a nonprofit group headed by the Queen of Jordan to promote education in the Middle Eastern country. The announcement was made by Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma during his trip to Jordan this week, when he visited the office of Edraak, a free online education platform supported by the Queen’s foundation. Ma, a former English teacher, has maintained a lifelong commitment to promoting education. Founded in 2014, the …read more
The China Foundation of Culture and Art for Children and PhoenixNet Public Welfare recently hosted a forum on child protection in Beijing. The forum was attended by deputies of China’s “Two Sessions” to discuss the topic of chid protection, call for the establishment of a mechanism against sexual abuse of children, and facilitate the improvement of relevant laws and mechanisms. Tong Lihua, the director of the Beijing Teenage Legal Aid and Research Center, attended the forum and delivered a speech with suggestions on how to revise the Law on the Protection of Minors. Tong claimed that the Law should be enforced from the national strategic level through the establishment of relevant …read more
A temple fair in Henan province, northern China, has recently put itself in the spotlight by putting the photos and information of lost children on the back of its tickets. Visitors to the fair were encouraged to take photos of the tickets and share them online to help find the missing children. Staff at the temple fair explained that they had selected about 300 lost children, mostly using search platforms for missing children like Baby Come Home (宝贝回家), and have sold thousands tickets with lost child notices attached. Ms. Yang, who works at the temple fair, said that the children’s information had all been verified. The staff regularly contacts the …read more