ACWF Vice-President Champions More Opportunities for Rural Teenagers
2012-03-12By:Fan WenjunEditor:Yang Qian 
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Chen Xiurong (R), vice-president of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) and deputy

Chen Xiurong (R), vice-president of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) and deputy to the National People's Congress (NPC), elucidates the need for rural youths to be given more chances in education and training at a NPC meeting on March 7. [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]

Chen Xiurong, vice-president of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) and deputy to the National People's Congress (NPC), has proposed to strengthen the vocational and technical training opportunities offered to rural teenagers and provide them with more education and skills.

"The next generation is most important for the development of the rural areas in China. The quality of their development, as well as their education chances and career opportunities, not only affects their individual lives, but also impacts significantly on the economic development and social harmony and stability of China's rural regions," Chen said. She added: "This has been an on-going concern and focus of the ACWF's efforts for many years."

The ACWF conducted two youth surveys in 2010 and 2011. According to the data analysis, high school enrollment rates in rural areas were much lower than urban rates. "There is a serious lack of vocational education teachers in the rural regions. There are also problems in the course design, teaching methods and students' management that need to be addressed. The current situation cannot meet the demand for school-age children and their families."

In view of this, Chen has proposed to:

1. Develop vocational and technical education in rural regions. Continue increasing financial investments to improve the condition of rural vocational and technical schools. Improve course design to enhance the pertinence and applicability of the contents. Reinforce the management of students to ensure the quality of their studies and guarantee their legal rights to professional internships.

2. Integrate rural vocational and technical trainings into the employment training and service system. Improve the employment services for rural youth and supply information on employment and relevant laws and regulations to individuals and their families. Use the 'Reemployment Fund' project to provide vocational and technical training to teenagers without them having to continue in academics.

3. Further strengthen the reform of rural middle schools and free education project courses. Change exam-oriented education to increase the applicability of content. Raise subsidies to reduce the dropout rate in middle schools.

4. Focus on the future of rural youth and enhance their Internet knowledge and safety, in particular that of left-behind children. Control and supervise Internet cafes to prevent teenagers from surfing indiscriminately. Focus on the sexual safety and physical health education of rural teenagers, and prevent the sexual abuse of girls. Pay more attention to issues connected to left-behind children, including guiding and helping them with employment and education.

"At present, most rural youth need to obtain secondary education to get a job. As such, we should pay attention to the healthy growth of rural teenagers and enhance the vocational and technical education that is available to them. As the future of rural China, they hold much significance for the country," Chen said.

(Source: womenofchina.cn)

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ACWF Vice-President Champions More Opportunities for Rural Teenagers

  • March 12, 2012
  • By Fan Wenjun
  • Editor: Yang Qian
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Chen Xiurong (R), vice-president of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) and deputy

Chen Xiurong (R), vice-president of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) and deputy to the National People's Congress (NPC), elucidates the need for rural youths to be given more chances in education and training at a NPC meeting on March 7. [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]

Chen Xiurong, vice-president of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) and deputy to the National People's Congress (NPC), has proposed to strengthen the vocational and technical training opportunities offered to rural teenagers and provide them with more education and skills.

"The next generation is most important for the development of the rural areas in China. The quality of their development, as well as their education chances and career opportunities, not only affects their individual lives, but also impacts significantly on the economic development and social harmony and stability of China's rural regions," Chen said. She added: "This has been an on-going concern and focus of the ACWF's efforts for many years."

The ACWF conducted two youth surveys in 2010 and 2011. According to the data analysis, high school enrollment rates in rural areas were much lower than urban rates. "There is a serious lack of vocational education teachers in the rural regions. There are also problems in the course design, teaching methods and students' management that need to be addressed. The current situation cannot meet the demand for school-age children and their families."

In view of this, Chen has proposed to:

1. Develop vocational and technical education in rural regions. Continue increasing financial investments to improve the condition of rural vocational and technical schools. Improve course design to enhance the pertinence and applicability of the contents. Reinforce the management of students to ensure the quality of their studies and guarantee their legal rights to professional internships.

2. Integrate rural vocational and technical trainings into the employment training and service system. Improve the employment services for rural youth and supply information on employment and relevant laws and regulations to individuals and their families. Use the 'Reemployment Fund' project to provide vocational and technical training to teenagers without them having to continue in academics.

3. Further strengthen the reform of rural middle schools and free education project courses. Change exam-oriented education to increase the applicability of content. Raise subsidies to reduce the dropout rate in middle schools.

4. Focus on the future of rural youth and enhance their Internet knowledge and safety, in particular that of left-behind children. Control and supervise Internet cafes to prevent teenagers from surfing indiscriminately. Focus on the sexual safety and physical health education of rural teenagers, and prevent the sexual abuse of girls. Pay more attention to issues connected to left-behind children, including guiding and helping them with employment and education.

"At present, most rural youth need to obtain secondary education to get a job. As such, we should pay attention to the healthy growth of rural teenagers and enhance the vocational and technical education that is available to them. As the future of rural China, they hold much significance for the country," Chen said.

(Source: womenofchina.cn)

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