China Leads Way in Protecting Children’s Rights: CEO of Save the Children

(Xinhua News Agency, Nov. 30, 2017. Complete text:) Beijing - The head of an international child charity group has said that China is leading the way in safeguarding children’s rights and is willing to cooperate with child protection organizations to inspire other developing countries.

"China has made tremendous progress in lifting millions of children out of poverty and getting them into education," said Helle Thorning-Schmidt, CEO of Save the Children, in a recent interview with Xinhua.

Thorning-Schmidt cited the example of how China’s efforts to reduce the under-five mortality rate have helped the world meet its millennium target.

"The next step is to live up to the sustainable development goals (SDGs). But we all know we can’t do this unless China is very much part of it," said the former Danish Prime Minister.

Save the Children is an international NGO known as a protector and defender of children in crisis. It has been working in China for over 30 years and has initiated programs to reach about half a million children in 12 Chinese regions.

Thorning-Schmidt used to frequent Beijing as a politician. In 2016, she became the woman in charge of the organization and travelled to new places and remote, poor areas.

This March, she went to a village in Yunnan Province where 65% of children have been "left behind" by parents who are migrant workers.

"I was able to see and talk with children and their grandparents. I also saw children’s smiling faces and realized how they develop and learn and get ready to learn when they reach the age for formal schooling," said Thorning-Schmidt.

In 2016, Save the Children was running early childhood development centers in Yunnan’s 24 rural communities without an operational kindergarten. It worked with local counties to develop activity curricula and train parent volunteers to provide services ...

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