Keyword: Education

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 (, 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

Volunteer from Hangzhou recounts her experience teaching Chinese in Nepal

Volunteer from Hangzhou recounts her experience teaching Chinese in Nepal

In March 2017, a young Chinese woman named Lucia Wang went to teach in Nepal as part of an international volunteer program organized by the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation. She went on her own to Dolakha, a mountainous area far from the capital of Kathmandu, and worked there for 150 days teaching Chinese to local children. Recently, an article by Lucia talking about her time volunteering in Nepal was published on the Foundation’s website. It is but one example of the experiences had by the increasing number of young Chinese who choose to engage in volunteering and charity work abroad. In the article, Lucia explains that before volunteering in Nepal, she had …read more

Report released on vocational education for girls from poor families in China

A recent research conducted by the China Children and Teenagers’ Fund and the China Philanthropy Research Institute of Beijing Normal University looks at the development of vocational education for girls from poor families in China. The report finds that due to the imbalance in economic development, gender inequality and limited educational resources, girls from poor families in China still face lots of difficulties and obstacles when it comes to education and training, and achieving equal employment opportunities. The development of education has gradually become China’s main measure to relieve poverty, and vocational education possesses its own advantages in terms of resources. In order to cut off the transmission of poverty from …read more

Stanford professor Scott Rozelle’s talk on rural education causes a stir in China

American economist Scott Rozelle (罗斯高) has caused a stir in China with his recent pronouncements on the country’s rural education. Professor Rozelle is the co-director of the Rural Education Action Program (REAP) at Stanford University, a team dedicated to bridging the educational gap between cities and rural areas in China. In a recent talk given in China, Rozelle poses the serious issue that, according to REAP’s survey, 63% of rural children do not go to high school. The first cause for this appallingly high figure, Rozelle believes, is malnutrition. Research by REAP has found that more than half of eighth graders in poor rural areas in China have IQs below 90, considered …read more

Registering and Working in China - an Interview with Albert Yu, World Vision

Registering and Working in China – an Interview with Albert Yu, World Vision

In this exclusive interview with CDB, operations director of World Vision China Albert Yu speaks about his organization’s important work in China, and its successful efforts to register in the country following the passing of the Overseas NGO Law.

Volunteer teaching program for college students turns out to be a scam

Volunteer teaching program for college students turns out to be a scam

It has been reported that hundreds of college students in Shanxi province were recently the victims of a scam after they signed up for a volunteer teaching summer program. 支教 (lit. educational support) programs, through which volunteers go and teach for free in remote or underdeveloped areas, are quite popular among Chinese college students. In this case however, after arriving at the place where they were supposed to volunteer on July 16th, the students realized that what they had signed up for was really a trap — the organizers not only did not have the relevant qualifications for recruiting volunteer teachers, but also charged the local students for the extra classes, …read more

Jack Ma foundation hosts its first forum for rural headmasters in Hangzhou

A year ago Jack Ma’s Foundation announced its “Jack Ma Rural Headmasters” plan, which aims to identify and support extraordinary headmasters in rural areas of China. Unlike its previous rural teachers program, where the teachers were nominated by the foundation itself, the rural headmasters are instead recommended by front-line educational NGOs in China. Each NGO recommended one or two headmasters, after which the Foundation verified the identities of the candidates and a group of experts picked out the final 20 delegates out of 5000 applicants. The selected 20 headmasters were invited to attend the first forum on rural headmasters, which was held in Hangzhou on July 12 and 13. They …read more

Tsinghua University’s facilities for disabled students in the spotlight

A dialogue between Tsinghua University and a disabled student named Wei Xiang preparing to attend the elite institution in Beijing recently attracted the Chinese public’s attention. In a public letter to the University, Wei Xiang addressed his family situation and asked whether the school could prepare a dorm room for his mother to live with him in order to better take care of him. In their reply, Tsinghua claimed that they will have a dorm room ready for the student and his mother, and that they would further waive his accommodation fee for the entire four years in college. At the end of the letter, Tsinghua encouraged the young man by writing: “although …read more

Lei Yuxi’s autistic children photography: making the echoes of islands heard

Lei Yuxi majored in materials chemistry in college and continued to pursue her master degree in this field in the United States. She would have been working in materials chemistry for the rest of her life if she had not experienced an “accident” in 2012. While Yuxi was still in the States, she accidentally got to know about a rural children photography philanthropic program in Taiwan. Since Yuxi was also interested in philanthropy and expressing herself through the lens of a camera, she could not help but wonder whether photography could become a bridge for autistic children, who are not good at expressing themselves verbally, to communicate with the outside. …read more

Over 50% of children in rural areas lagging in cognitive skills

Over 50% of children in rural areas lagging in cognitive skills

A research conducted by the Rural Education Action Program (REAP) shows that about half of the babies in the rural areas of Shanxi province are underperforming in cognitive development. REAP assessed 1808 babies aged from 6 to 30 months using the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development (a standard series of measurements used primarily to assess the development of infants and toddlers, ages 1–42 months) and found that the percentage of babies with developmental delays in their cognitive skills is way above average. Similar results were found in rural areas of Hebei and Yunnan. REAP researchers suggest that the delays are mainly caused by a lack of intellectual stimulus, as …read more

The Gaokao is here again, but what about educational equality?

Editor’s Note This is an abbreviated translation of an article that appeared in C计划-蓝方 on June 7th. The article appeared in conjunction with the beginning of the gaokao, China’s annual college entrance exam. The unequal grade requirements that students from different provinces face for getting into university constitute an endless source of debate and controversy. The “pluralist admission policies” mentioned towards the end of the article refer to the fact that there are now certain universities that admit students based on other factors as well as the gaokao, for instance their general grade average or internal examinations. Another round of the Gaokao (National College Entrance Exam) just kicked off on June 6th. The Gaokao …read more

Working with the Migrant Children of Beijing - an Interview with Helen Boyle

Working with the Migrant Children of Beijing – an Interview with Helen Boyle

Helen Boyle is a British lady who started and runs a foundation that helps improve the education of the children of migrant workers in Beijing. Today she speaks with CDB about her work, what motivates her and what children need to be happy.

Free Lunch for Children has raised 270 million yuan over six years

Free Lunch for Children has raised 270 million yuan over six years

Members of the Dong people and Free Lunch for Children representatives at the forum. Chinese charitable organization Free Lunch for Children announced at a recent social welfare forum that over the past six years they have fundraised more than 270 million yuan to provide free lunches to more than 190,000 rural children across 26 provinces. Held on May 20, the “Chinese Human Capital and Children’s Nutrition and Health” forum called on members of a rural education action plan to speak about the situation of chlidren’s nutrition and the disparity in child development across regions of differing affluence. In addition, the forum invited representatives from foundations, schools, government offices and donor organiztions …read more