DANDELION SCHOOL Beijing, China
Of the 1.3 billion people in China, about one in ten is either a migrant worker or the child of a migrant worker. Among this migrant population, over 20 million are school-age children, about 40% of whom are living under the poverty line.
The Dandelion School, established in August 2005, provides high quality and affordable education to migrant children.
Currently there are about 700 students and the school has developed courses to meet the special needs of migrant children. The temporary makeshift housing of migrants is of-ten unsuitable as a learning environment; therefore the school provides boarding for students.
Thanks to funding from ScfC, students at the Dandelion School do not have to pay for textbooks. Funding from ScfC also goes to helping subsidize tuition fees and boarding costs for students. Schoolchildren For Children is working in partnership with China Children & Teenagers’ Fund.
It is the first and only middle school established specifically for children from low-income migrant families in Beijing. The school has been trying very hard to waive the fees for as many students as possible each semester. Currently, there are over 200 students receiving financial aid.
The school depends heavily on donations to keep it running, to retain good teachers, to assure the quality of education and to improve the hardware environment of learning.