Keyword: Education

Hong Kong philanthropist Tian Jiabing passes away

On the morning of July 10th, the Tin Ka Ping Foundation announced the passing of the founder and chairman of the foundation and Hong Kong Tianshi Chemical Industry Company Limited, Dr. Tian Jiabing, at the age of 99. Over the course of his life he donated 80% of his wealth, building over 200 schools. Dr. Tian was born in 1919 in Taipo, Meizhou, in Guangdong province. At the age of 18 he travelled to Vietnam to sell porcelain, and by 1939 he had moved on to the rubber industry in Indonesia. In 1958 Dr. Tian moved to Hong Kong and founded the Hong Kong Tianshi Chemical Co. Ltd., in Tuen …read more

How an online platform aims to provide professional career advice to 40 million rural students

How an online platform aims to provide professional career advice to 40 million rural students

“Tomoroe” or 途梦 (Tu meng), the English name combining the words “tomorrow” and “to more”, is a not-for-profit project founded by Chongqing native Yang Xueqin that invites outstanding professionals from all walks of life to share stories of their professional journeys with middle school students in remote areas through online videos. The not-for-profit, to date, has invited over 500 professionals from 150 different professions to take part in live streams, benefitting the career developments of over 50 thousand students. From 2012 to 2014, Xue Qin worked as a teacher at “Teach for China” (美丽中国) in Lincang City in Yunnan, witnessing first hand the lack of vocational and career education resources …read more

Students graduate from China’s first degree program in charity management

The first batch of students has completed Mainland China’s first undergraduate degree program on charity and philanthropy management in the Nanjing Tech University (南京工业大学). The graduation ceremony was held on the 15th of June. The program was set up in 2014 after the university entered into a partnership with the Overseas Chinese Charity Foundation of China (中国乔华公益基金会). The motivation given was that China’s charity sector was developing rapidly, with 541,000 social organizations nationwide in 2013, and yet there wasn’t a single degree program with the aim of training human resources for the sector. According to figures provided by the university, out of the 93 graduating students over half have already …read more

Bridging Gaps in China: an Interview with Michael Hermann

Bridging Gaps in China: an Interview with Michael Hermann

Michael Hermann, Humana People to People’s China representative, talks to CDB about his organization’s work in rural Yunnan, China’s efforts to eliminate poverty, the Overseas NGO Law and much more in this wide-ranging interview.

Today is China's Children’s Day – let’s take a look at the situation of Chinese children!

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

Charity work programs for school children on the increase in China

Charity work programs for school children on the increase in China

Over the past few years, it has become more and more popular for students in China to engage in charity work and social service. Although the Chinese educational system is still more focused on examination scores, volunteering and social activities could be included in the curriculum the future, as required by the reform itinerary of the high school and university entrance examinations. In 2017, the Ministry of Education issued the Guiding Principles of Junior High and Elementary School’s Comprehensive Practical Activity Course, listing social services as a major way of carrying out practical activities, requiring students to take part in charity work and volunteer services through this course. A recent example of …read more

Chinese-Dutch couple changes the lives of over 200 children by playing with them all day – the story of their immersion into Yunnan's rural life

Chinese-Dutch couple changes the lives of over 200 children by playing with them all day – the story of their immersion into Yunnan’s rural life

Editor’s Note This is an adapted summary of a report originally published by the “全民公益“ WeChat account. See the Chinese original here.   In Dehong Dai and Jingpo autonomous prefecture in Yunnan, a couple have put down roots in a village far from their own origins, creating miracles everyday for eigth years for the people who live there. How hard is it to teach children in the mountains? Here, in a place the locals call the “magical house”, a young married couple has made life more exciting than can be imagined. Lessons with dancing, painting, wilderness exploration, puppet shows, hiking… When children are motivated enough run to class from 15 …read more

Jack Ma donates $3M to Jordan's Queen Rania's Foundation for Education and Development

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

Blue Book of Education (2018) released in Beijing

The Blue Book of Education (Annual Report on China’s Education (2018)) was officially released by the 21st Century Education Research Institute and Social Sciences Academic Press (China) on April 25 in Beijing. Experts, scholars and front-line educators attending the conference conducted lectures and reports and exchanged their views on education. The report focuses on topics including the lightening of the workload for primary and middle school students, regulation and governance of tutorial classes outside of school, reform of the examination and enrolment system, innovation and reforms in the evaluation of regional education administration, the development of higher vocational education and other important issues. The Blue Book points out that in order …read more

Report on Chinese university foundations released

According to the recently released “Development Report of Chinese University Education Foundations (2018)”, 527 higher education foundations had been established in China as of December 6, 2017. By sorting through the financial status of 413 university education foundations from 2012 to 2015, the report found that the amount of donations they received was in a relatively mild state of fluctuation, something affected by many factors, such as the concentration of university celebrations and economic downturns. However the total amount of donations increased from 6 to 7 billion yuan. The report points out that the proportion of expenditures from university education foundations within total university expenditures reflects the foundations’ weight and contribution …read more

Education in Sight: an Interview with Andrew Shirman

Education in Sight: an Interview with Andrew Shirman

An exclusive interview with Andrew Shirman, CEO and co-founder of Education in Sight, who talks to CDB about his efforts to bring eyeglasses to schoolchildren in rural China.

A Feminist’s Portrait: Diversity is One Way to Deconstruct Patriarchy

A Feminist’s Portrait: Diversity is One Way to Deconstruct Patriarchy

The portrait of a young Beijinger who uses rap and comedy as a means to convey a feminist message.

Government publishes document defining school bullying and stating countermeasures

In recent years, several school bullying incidents in primary and middle schools have provoked widespread public concern in China. In order to form a comprehensive long-term plan to combat bullying in primary and secondary schools, the Ministry of Education has teamed up with another ten state institutions, including various other ministries and the All-China Women’s Federation, to draw up the “Integrated Proposal for Enhancing the Governance of School Bullying in Primary and Middle School”, published on December 27th. The proposal defines school bulling in primary and middle school as abuse or insults between students conducted by means of physical actions, words, the internet or other means, once or several times …read more

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

Project Hope's former “big eyes girl” appointed to official post

Project Hope’s former “big eyes girl” appointed to official post

The news of “big eyes girl” Su Mingjuan becoming deputy secretary of the Communist Youth League’s Anhui Provincial Committee recently went viral on Chinese social media. Su, 34, is the former image ambassador for Project Hope, a famous charity project jointly launched by the China Youth Development Foundation and the Communist Youth League in 1989 to build elementary schools in poor rural areas of China, improve educational facilities in the same regions and provide financial aid to the primary school dropouts whose families couldn’t afford primary education. Born in a poor family in Zhangjiawan village, a remote mountainous areas in Anhui province, she was one of those kids facing the risk of dropping out …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

New case of child abuse in kindergarten causes national indignation

New case of child abuse in kindergarten causes national indignation

Child Abuse in Kindergarten Sparks Nationwide Indignation

Number of university foundations in China reaches 537, with net assets of over 30 billion yuan

The 19th annual meeting of the Work Research Branch of the China Association of Higher Education (CAHE) was held in Beijing on November 16-18. The meeting was focused mainly on Chinese university foundations. There are currently 537 university foundations in China. By the end of 2016, the net assets of university foundations had passed the 30 billion yuan mark, accounting for more than 50% of all non-public foundations. In 2016 the total charitable donations they received amounted to over 700 million yuan, while their total public welfare expenditures were over 500 million yuan. It can be seen from these figures that university foundations have become an important force for the …read more