2020 Soong Ching Ling International Forum on Children’s Development has been held in Beijing by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF) and the China Welfare Institute (CWI) on November 19 and 20. Themed with “Creating the Future of Children's Education and Sustainable Development,” the forum conducted in-depth discussions on the sustainable development of young people and children, especially in the context of the global pandemic.
Wang Jiarui, addressed at the opening ceremony, noting that in the past 70 years, China has achieved much in children’s development. He stressed, since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core has taken on the mission of national rejuvenation, paying more attention to the cause of Chinese youth and children, and has injected a strong momentum into the exchanges and mutual learning between Chinese children and children around the world. At the Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, the “Proposal for the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on Formulating the Tenth Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development and the Long-term Goals for 2035” was examined and approved, which highlighted China’s future development with the goal of building a high-quality education system and continuously improving the education level of the whole people.
Cynthia McCaffrey, highly spoke of the forum, saying, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented challenges for young people and children around the world. UNICEF works closely with Chinese partners to find effective ways to improve the quality of education, expand education coverage, and ensure that all children, especially the most disadvantaged groups who are trapped in poverty or with disability, have good educational opportunities.
Wang Jiarui, vice chairman of the 12th CPPCC National Committee, chairman of the CSCLF and CWI; Liu Limin, former vice minister of Ministry of Education, chairman of China Education Association for International Exchange; UNICEF Representative to China Cynthia McCaffrey; Yu Qun, vice chairman of CSCLF; Pan Yan, deputy secretary-general of CWI; and around 100 Chinese and foreign experts and scholars attended the opening ceremony both online and offline, with Hang Yuanxiang, executive vice chairman of CSCLF, presiding over it.