To better fulfill its special consultative status of the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF) sent a team of experts to participate in the 46th Regular Session Human Rights Council through video link. At the session, CSCLF explained and interpreted China's human rights philosophies, propositions and practices, and demonstrated fruitful results and achievements obtained in protecting children's rights, fighting against child violence and educational poverty alleviation, contributing to the world's human rights cause.
CSCLF organized associate professors Rong Liying, Luo Shuang and Wei Ge, and instructor Liu Lanlan from the Capital Normal University to participate in the annual full-day meeting on the rights of the child held on March 1, the Interactive dialogue with Special Representative of the Secretary-General on violence against children on March 8, and the General debate on follow-up to and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action on March 19.
In addressing the session's topic, these experts majorly introduced China's efforts in protecting children's right to receive education, legal system construction to prevent child violence and educational poverty reduction. China's actions taken during the pandemic to protect children's right to study were also mentioned.
Professor Rong pointed out in her remarks, in the course of poverty alleviation, the emphasis on education is one of the key philosophies. Helping children in poverty to obtain access to good quality education has been a very important task, also an efficient way to break the poverty circle. The education investment in China has increased year by year. The government's spending on education in 2019 was over 4 trillion yuan (about 620 billion USD), more than 4% of GDP, 8 years in a row. Primary school net enrollment rate in 2019 has reached 99.94%.
Wei Ge shared China's experience in building a supportive eco-system to protect children's right to study. Online courses were taken by students to enable stay-at-home learning through a full cooperation of education departments, schools, communities, tech-companies and families.
Professor Luo Shuang shared Chinese government's latest efforts in the construction of legal systems for protecting children from violence. She mentioned an institutional innovation revealed in the revised Law on the Protection of Minors (October, 2020).
Ms. Liu Lanlan pointed out in her address on the follow-up of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action that in the past 8 years, Chinese government has made comprehensive poverty alleviation actions on increasing investment and training teachers in rural areas, financing poor children to receive compulsory education to make sure no kids in poor families drop out of schools. The special recruitment programme for higher education has supported 700,000 rural students to enter prestigious universities.
Participants called for the international community to protect children's right to receive education, to consciously abide by the obligations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to improve laws related to the protection of children's rights, and to provide institutional guarantees for the effective detection and prevention of violence against children. To answer to the Council's resolution on "Extreme Poverty and Human Rights", we shall formulate a practical and effective national poverty reduction strategy, adopting a comprehensive and coordinated public policy, and following the principle of equality and non-discrimination, to ensure that social resources would benefit the vulnerable in a fair manner.
(Source: Department of International Cooperation)