Save the Children in China is finding ways to make sure that every child, regardless of background or ability, receives a quality education. We do so by:
We are giving China’s youngest citizens a jumpstart on life by populating underserved communities with early childhood care and development (ECCD) centres. We train professionals to ensure they provide children between the ages of 3-6 with the encouragement and stimulation they need to thrive. We have also pioneered outreach services to ensure that vulnerable children between the ages of 0-3 receive quality ECCD services.
However, we also understand that learning begins at home. Together with fellow parents, teachers, and community leaders, we are developing culturally sensitive resources to equip rural families with critical knowledge about early childhood care, health/nutrition, and positive parenting.
Teacher Training: We are training teachers in remote rural communities to incorporate child-centred and participatory teaching methodologies into their classrooms. We are also establishing partnerships with teacher training colleges to improve their curricula on mainstream child-centered/participatory teaching.
School Health and Nutrition: We have successfully increased access to safe water, sanitation, and hand-washing facilities in local schools. Our efforts, in conjunction with ongoing health, hygiene, and nutrition education programs in the classroom, are keeping children healthy to learn, while helping them learn to be healthy.
Inclusive Education: We work to increase the enrollment of children with disabilities in mainstream schools, and are outfitting these facilities with resource classrooms to meet the diverse needs of all children. We are also developing the capacity of mainstream schools to educate special needs children by improving teacher training in Chinese universities and colleges.
In order to prepare migrant youth for the demands of the job market, we are equipping them with specialised vocational skills, as well as critical knowledge about their rights and responsibilities in the workplace. We are also teaching these youth “soft skills” in communication, career management, and personal well-being to help them become active, successful members of society.