As millions of migrant workers flock to China's cities in search of factory jobs, they are leaving an estimated 60 million children at home in rural areas without one or both parents. In response, the government has invested heavily in boarding schools. However, these boarding schools often fail to meet students' basic needs—both physical and psychological.
"It’s encouraging to see “access to quality early childhood development” as one of the SDG targets. Policymakers have recognised that investing in children’s development is a way of investing in future social and economic growth. It can also result in more immediate benefits, such as preparing children to get the most out of school.
Once every week for six months, a special team of family planning workers fanned out across the remote towns of Shaanxi Province or journeyed to isolated villages in the Qinling Mountains, the cradle of China’s civilization and habitat of the world’s remaining wild pandas.
As the bus lurches up the pot-holed dirt road into the village, a storm of seventh- and eight-graders comes rushing out to meet it. This bus isn't taking them to class, but to a clinic that will revolutionize their school careers. They are travelling to a OneSight Vision Clinic. By the end of the day, they will have had their eyes examined, lenses edged, and frames selected for a brand new pair of eyeglasses.