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Funds sought to help educate kids in rural west

By He Dan  (China Daily)

08:24, November 16, 2011

A boy eats a chicken leg he found in a garbage landfill in Guiyang, capital of Southwest China's Guizhou province on Sept 18. Like him, many children in rural China cannot afford to go to a kindergarten.(China Daily Photo)

BEIJING - The Chinese government should increase financial support to enable about 5.9 million children aged from 3 to 5 in West China's rural areas to receive early childhood education, argued experts.

Studies show kids in China's rural west lag behind their urban counterparts in language skills and social networking.

An estimated 8.5 million children aged from 3 to 5 live in villages in West China, and only 30 percent of them get admitted to kindergartens, according to statistics from the China Development Research Foundation.

There are 12 provinces and autonomous regions in West China including Yunnan and Qinghai provinces.

A research conducted by Peking University in 2009 showed children from the regions' rural areas scored 60 percent lower than their urban counterparts in language, cognition and communication skills.

Employing volunteer teachers to provide free education for young children in villages can be a possible solution, Lu Mai, secretary general of the foundation, said at the 2011 International Conference on Early Childhood Development held in Beijing on Tuesday.

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Children is the future of nation. China must improve the livelyhood of children today for the future of tomorrow. Even the fact is that China has many population,it is a must to lift up ruralchildren standard of living and education.

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