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Yunnan - China

Give-a-Day - Dream Schools

Save the Children received 18,000,000 DKK from BESTSELLER's GIVE-A-DAY event in April 2015. The donation was used to help disadvantaged children living in boarding schools in China

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Give-a-Day - Dream Schools
Yunnan China
Save the Children
Aug 2015 Jun 2019

Poor Boarding Schools
31 million children attend boarding schools in rural China, starting as young as 6 years old.  Many of these children have been left behind by parents, who have had to migrate to larger cities in order to find a job.

The conditions in the boarding schools are often very bad:
Up to 30 students share a room. Half of the children don’t even have their own bed. The hygiene standards are low with frequent absence of hot water for showers.

Unqualified teachers
Many teachers have low qualifications, the books are often outdated, and the class rooms are packed.
Up to 70 students are in the class room at the same time, and teachers have to work up to 14 hours per day.

Emotional stress
Add to this the psychological and emotional needs of these children. While they are not orphans, they may only see their parents once or twice a year. Around 30 percent of the children report that they have sleeping problems.

All this makes it difficult for young children to develop, intellectually as well as physically: Thus, children in rural boarding schools are less likely to get a higher education than their urban counterparts. They are also physically 6-10 cm shorter than the national average. 

Helping 12,000 children
With the donation from GIVE-A-DAY, Save the Children will now be able to help 12,000 children aged between 6 and 13 years and assist 450 teachers. This project will help turn the boarding schools into 'Dream Schools'.

this project will

Improve the physical school environment
  • Upgrade water and sanitation facilities
  • Upgrade the living environment
  • Provide sports, arts or music equipment
 Improve the quality of teaching
  • Train teachers on child-centred methodologies
  • Establish teachers’ support mechanisms to alleviate pressure faced by teachers


Establish a supportive environment
  • Introduce life-skills classes where the children learn about themselves, their community and how to protect themselves
  • Introduce after-school  activities
  • Set up a peer support system for children and teachers
  • Support caregivers in the community


Yunnan - China

Yunnan is a province, located in the far southwest of the country. It borders Vietnam, Laos and Burma.

Yunnan is situated in a mountainous area, with high elevations in the northwest and low elevations in the southeast.Yunnan is rich in natural resources and has the largest diversity of plant life in China. The province hosts the largest reserves of aluminium, lead, zinc & tin in China.

Yunnan is home to numerous ethnic minority groups - including Yao, Miao, Bai, Zhuang, Dai and others. (wikipedia)