Education and Life Skills
The existing curriculum of China's 9 years mandatory education place overt weighting in academic subjects and how to get high scores in public examination. Life-skills education is essentially absent in most schools.
World Vision China had started education and life skills programs for more than a decade. Special focus had been placed on left-behind children since year 2000 when the issue was gaining prominence. It is estimated that there are as much as 61 million of left behind children.
- Support parents and/or caregivers capacity building through ECE and child development milestone training;
- Enhancement of ECE facilities and community environment for children;
- Life skills training;
- Encourage child participation through Children's Centre programmes;
- Enhancement of teaching resources, facilities and environment; and
- Support most vulnerable children to access pre-primay education.
As a result,
- 93.4% of children acquired knowledge and skills to make good judgments, manage emotions and communicate ideas;
- 185 project schools, about 4.5 times the number of previous year, adopted life skills training for students; and
- children from 558 schools have access and complete basic education.