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Project aids disabled rural kids in accessing education

China Daily Hong Kong


17th May 2021


Project aids disabled rural kids in accessing education

By Li Lei

In rural areas, where education and rehabilitation services were once rare, the fate of children with severe disabilities sometimes resulted in them being locked in their rooms while their parents went to work.


However, over the past six years, a government-backed program has moved to remedy the situation in rural areas of Jiangxi province.


In 2015, authorities in Xinfeng county, which pioneered the initiative, started setting aside annual funding of 300,000 yuan (US$46,600) for the "bringing lessons home" program.


Hundreds of teachers from public schools have been sent to the children's homes as tutors and rehabilitation instructors. By Sunday, the 31st National Day for Helping the Disabled, almost 400 children scattered across rural communities had taken part in the program. More than 45,000 home visits have been made by educators to "deliver personalized education plans to children's doorsteps", according to county officials.

Under China's poverty-alleviation drive headed by President Xi Jinping, dropout rates of rural students have fallen significantly in recent years.


https://www.chinadailyhk.com/article/168001#Project-aids-disabled-rural-kids-in-accessing-education

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