Haider Yaqub, Plan International: Supporting Children in Rural China
Haider Yaqub, country director for Plan International, talks to CDB about his organization’s work in supporting children’s development and fighting gender biases in China.
China’s Minister of Education announces reforms to ensure migrant children’s access to education
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
Rehabilitation and relief system for disabled children to be launched nationwide
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
Photos from Save the Children’s inclusive education program in Yunnan go on display
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
Today is China’s Children’s Day – let’s take a look at the situation of Chinese children!
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
Rehabilitation and aid systems for disabled children established by the State Council
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
Jack Ma donates $3M to Jordan’s Queen Rania’s Foundation for Education and Development
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
Tong Lihua: the law on the protection of minors should be a “hard” law, not a “soft” one
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
Temple fair uses creative tickets to help find missing children
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
Social Work and Reverse Migration – an Interview with Professor Julian Chow
A long and in-depth interview with Berkeley professor Julian Chow on the development of the social service sector in China.
Focusing on Cooperation – an Interview with Norbert Hsu
Norbert Hsu, regional head of World Vision for East Asia, talks to CDB about World Vision’s plans for the region, Chinese civil society and the protection of children in China.
New website on sex education for children goes online
A new website on sex education for children (xing.cxy61.com), created by the initiator of the Chengxu Yuan Plan (程序媛计划) Chen Bin, went online on the 22nd of December. The Chengxu Yuan Plan is meant to increase the proportion of female programmers in the tech industry, and it has allowed more than a hundred thousand students to learn programming and relevant techniques. Chen Bin put forward the idea of the website in August, but it picked up speed after the uproar surrounding the child abuse incident in RYB kindergarten in November. The incident, which included allegations that children were being sexually molested at the kindergarten, provoked calls for improved sex education. About 600 …read more
Fundraising project for poor children goes viral on WeChat, attracts criticism
“Find a child who shares the same birthday as you, and wish him/her to grow up happily and healthily”. On the 23rd of December, a fundraising project called “you with the same birthday” (同一天生日的你) went viral on WeChat Moments. The project allows members of the public to choose a child who shares the same birthday with them, and donate one yuan for the child. The project was launched by the Aiyou Future Foundation and a fundraising platform named Fenbei Chou. As the initiator of Fenbei Chou Wang Li announced, by the morning of the 24th of December the fund’s cumulative total had reached over 2.55 million yuan. The beneficiaries of the project …read more
Child lingerie show roundly condemned
A child modeling contest was held on December 3 in Changchun, the capital of China’s northeastern Jilin province. Organized by children’s clothing brand VICKY’Z, the competition attracted dozens of girls and boys aged 3 to 15 to perform in a “Victoria Secret” style fashion show. Featuring children wearing lingerie and heavy makeup, the show has provoked fierce national condemnation. This is not the first time that a child lingerie show steps into the public view, and it is not the first time it is criticized. Over the last two years, kids in tiny clothes walking the runways have been spotted in Hebei, Chengdu, Guangdong and other places, according to China Women’s News. …read more
Two left-behind children hide underneath a moving bus for three hours to go and find their parents
Two left-behind children from a village in western Guangxi were found underneath a bus headed for the county seat on November 23. They were able to reach Xilin county, over 90 kilometers away from their home village, by clinging to the undercarriage of a bus until they were discovered by the driver. They told the Xilin station workers that they wanted to find their parents, who had left home to work in Guangdong. The two boys’ experience was first described in an article posted on social media on November 24. The post was accompanied by a video, showing that when the boys were discovered, they were covered in mud and looked …read more