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Left-behind children not forgotten

2009-07-15 03:32:37 GMT2009-07-15 11:32:37 (Beijing Time)  China Daily

Students learn Erhu, a two-stringed Chinese instrument, at the Zhaoling Cultural and Art School in Huaiyang County, in central China's Henan province, July 14, 2009. [Xinhua]

Liu Xin learns dancing at Zhaoling Cultural and Art School in Huaiyang County, in central China's Henan province July 14, 2009. [Xinhua]

Students learn the regional “Yu Drama” at Zhaoling Cultural and Art School in Huaiyang County, in central China's Henan province July 14, 2009.[Xinhua]

Students attend the opening ceremony of a summer camp for "left-behind children" in Hangzhou, east China’s Zhejiang province, July 13, 2009. The camp was organized by volunteers from the Zhejiang University of Technology, and aimed to bring together the "left-behind children" and their parents working in Hangzhou. [Xinhua]

A group of “left-behind children” visits the Shandong Science and Technology Museum in Jinan, east China’s Shandong province, July 10, 2009. The museum invited hundreds of "left-behind children" from the underdeveloped regions in Shandong to give them an opportunity to learn more about science and technology. [Asianewsphoto]

The school provides free art courses for students known as "left-behind children" because their parents are migrant workers, and usually live far from home.

China has 225.42 million such rural migrant workers as of 2008, according to the country's National Statistics Bureau. The Xinhua News Agency reported in June, 2009 that there are roughly 58 million "left-behind children" in China, of whom 40 million are under the age of 14.

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