Huainan, Anhui: Young Railway Volunteers Spend Their Summer Holidays with Left-behind Children in Rural Areas
Key words: Youth volunteers, Left-behind children, Targeted courses, Companionship and care
On the morning of July 31, 2020, twenty local left-behind children from Kehu Primary School in Sunmiao Township, Xijiaji District, Huainan City, Anhui Province, welcomed a special group of teachers. They were youth volunteers from the Huainan West Railway Station of China Railway Shanghai Bureau Group Co., LTD. The theme of this activity was “Happy summer vacation, accompanying you to grow up”, aiming to enrich children’s holiday life.
Local traffic is poor, and many children’s parents are working nonlocally. There were 183 students in the school, and nearly half of them are left-behind children. In the early phase of the volunteer program, the Youth League Committee of the station has recruited teachers throughout the station, giving considerations to their personal education background, major, affinity and other aspects. At the same time, targeted curriculums were set according to children’s age, interests, hobbies and other characteristics. In addition to English, Math, Chinese, Art and other regular courses, there were also railway safety knowledge classes, language classes, natural science classes and physical fitness interaction classes.
Most of the places where left-behind children gather in China are rural areas with poor traffic condition, and the areas are relatively backward. Therefore, it is difficult to allocate corresponding curriculums and teachers to local schools, and it is relatively difficult for left-behind children to obtain good education. The number of people who care for left-behind children is increasing year by year. Compared with youth volunteers, other groups of people of the society have fewer free time. Hence, the enthusiastic investment of youth volunteers is particularly important. Moreover, the active thinking of the youth volunteers can help them teach students in accordance with their aptitude and revise the teaching plan better, which can well improve the children’s ability to learn and cultivate their interest. The activity has a good effect, and provides a good idea for other local programs to care for left-behind children. If it can form a long-term mechanism, it will help left-behind children precisely.
Writer: Kexin Chen
Translator: Lili Feng
Editor: Jiahe Cao