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.
Many teachers have low qualifications, the books are often outdated, and the class rooms are packed.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.
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'.