Roots & Shoots – the Seed of Hope Jane Goodall Planted for the World
Jane Goodall’s recent visit created a social media wave in China, however her trip is only for the short term, the battle for the environment is not. CDB visited Roots & Shoots Beijing to take a closer look at how this organization of five carries on Jane Goodall’s mission in China, nurturing 20,000 young people every year to be compassionate change-makers and leaders for our future.
Spring Buds Plan criticised for misleading donors by aiding boys as well as girls
A project by the Spring Buds Plan (春雷计划), an educational charity run by the China Children and Teenagers Foundation (CCTF), has come under fire online for misleading its donors. The Spring Buds Plan was created in 1989, with the express purpose of assisting girls and young women in poverty and providing them with educational opportunities. The program is quite high-profile, having offered financial aid or job training to a few million girls over the years. The recent criticism came after a Weibo user published a post a couple of days ago, claiming that she had donated money to Spring Buds, only to discover that some of the beneficiaries of the …read more
Huang Hongxiang: Bridging China and the World
Huang Hongxiang, the founder of China House and one of the main players in the field of Chinese investment and the related social-environmental problems in Africa, talks to CDB in this exclusive interview.
Nearly half of philanthropic donations in China go to education
As stated in an article recently published by the Nanfang Metropolis Daily, universities in China have received a total of 92.7 billion yuan in donations since 1980. Of all the donations, 32 billion yuan came from alumni. A list compiled by the Chinese University Alumni Association shows the top 100 Universities that received the most donations from alumni between 1980 and 2018. Peking University stands at the top, with total alumni donations of 3.143 billion yuan. Next in the list are Tsinghua University and Renmin University, with total alumni donations of 2.89 billion yuan and 2.157 billion yuan, respectively. According to the 2019 Forbes China Philanthropy List, 48.57% of all …read more
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.
Why livestreaming classes won’t solve the problems of rural education
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
China’s Preschool Education Law soon to be drafted
The National Department of Education announced on November 28 that the “pre-school education law” has entered the NPC’s legislative process. The Department is now drafting the document and establishing a mechanism of supervision. Lu Yugang, the secretary of the department of elementary education, said that related departments will improve supporting policies and establish long-term mechanisms to popularise pre-school education and improve its security. The implementation of the law will optimise the relevant facilities, and provide more training to administrative staff and the principals of kindergartens. Mr. Lu also said that it was important to strengthen the management of some specific problems which exist within pre-school education. The first problem mentioned …read more
A national system of subsidies for impoverished students takes shape
Editor’s Note This is a summary of an article published by the China Philanthropy Research Institute (CPRI) of Beijing Normal University on the 26th of November 2018. You can find the original here. At present China’s system for subsidizing students suffering from financial hardship has basically taken shape. On average more than 20% of students around the country are considered to come from families with financial difficulties. In the western areas of China, the percentage rises to 30%. There are the three major features of the newly established system. First of all the system is very comprehensive, covering everything from preschool to higher education. 31 provinces have cancelled tuition fees and …read more
What does the Iron Divide in Suzhou’s Primary School Expose?
CDB’s translation of an article discussing a recent incident in Suzhou, in which an elite primary school’s playground was divided by an iron barrier to separate the children of migrants from local children. The article analyses deep-rooted issues of educational inequality in China.
Third World Philanthropy Forum opens in Shanghai
Editor’s Note This press release was originally produced by the World Philanthropy Forum. On September 5, 2018, the third “World Philanthropy Forum”, hosted jointly by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Tsinghua University, University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and co-hosted by the China Welfare Institute, raised its curtains in Shanghai. The forum was organized jointly by the Institute for Philanthropy Tsinghua University, the Social Work Education Center Tsinghua University and the China Friendship Foundation for Peace and Development, and co-organized by the Shanghai People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. The first “World Philanthropy Forum” was held in Tsinghua University …read more
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
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
Hangzhou introduces regulations to protect schoolchildren from sexual harassment
Sexual harassment incidents in schools have aroused much outrage from the Chinese public in recent years. Many parents are concerned about their children due to the lack of prevention, reporting, and investigation mechanisms for tackling sexual harassment in schools. On August 6th, the Hangzhou Education Bureau introduced the first set of regulations in the country on how schools should handle incidents of sexual harassment against schoolchildren. The set of regulations, named Suggestions on Establishing a Mechanism Against Sexually Harassing Minors On Campus, specifies the duties of individual teachers, the senior management personnel of schools, and the Education Bureau in terms of preventing, reporting, intervening and investigating sexual misconducts in schools. All …read more
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