The Government of China provides nine years of free compulsory education for all. This is an important first step towards children realising their right to a quality education, but not all girls and boys are receiving a quality education.
- Not all children are growing up in a stimulating environment. Not all parents and caregivers have the support they need to provide a caring, playful and nurturing environment. This is more often seen among children from rural, remote areas and migrant families.
- Many teachers lack the knowledge and skills to fully develop a child’s potential, and many kindergarten curriculums do not include health and play activities that are important for a child’s overall development.
- Not all children are receiving the same quality of education, and curriculums often overlook the importance of social and emotional skills and the value of art and physical education. Access to a high-quality education is especially lacking for children living in rural areas.
- Adolescent children -- many of whom are going through major physical, cognitive, emotional and social change -- are not learning the skills they need to transition from childhood to adulthood, and from school to the workplace and into society.