|CPPCC member Zhou Bingjian gives an interview. [fawan.com]|
Zhou Bingjian, member of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), made proposals on March 5 to promote health protection of “left-behind” children and Chinese cultural tradition education in international schools.
This year marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of China's first premier Zhou Enlai. Zhou Bingjian, niece of Zhou Enlai, gave an interview with The Mirror, a Beijing-based newspaper, on March 5.
Health Protection of 'Left-behind' Kids
Zhou paid close attention to the issue of so-called "left-behind" children in rural areas, referring to those youngsters whose parents have moved to cities to work.
In this year's CPPCC meeting opened on March 3, Zhou made a proposal to strengthen the health services and treatment for "left-behind" children in poverty-stricken areas.
Most 'left-behind' children live with their grandparents who are less educated. Many of these children have subsequently formed bad health habits. Also, accidents such as drowning and electric shock happen occasionally.
After investigation, Zhou found that "left-behind" children experience difficulties in health and care, which frequently leads them to have unsociable and fragile personalities.
Based on such conditions, Zhou proposed increasing protection of such minors through legislation, especially in terms of health and rights protection.
Zhou also proposed to improve the protection system and welfare policies for "left-behind" children.
Course Setting of Chinese Traditional Culture
Zhou noticed that some private schools which specialize in training students to go abroad only offer Western culture courses and lack in content about traditional Chinese culture.
Zhou therefore proposed strengthening the promotion of the Chinese cultural education in international schools.
Zhou hopes that education authorities can enhance supervision on the course settings of such schools including adding traditional Chinese culture course such as Chinese language, literature and history.
(Source: fawan.com/Translated and edited by Women of China)