3. Village Early Education Center in Guzhang County, Hunan Province
Early childhood is a developmental window for the body, language, cognition, and social awareness. Offering high-quality preschool education in this period, especially focusing on disadvantaged children from poverty-stricken areas and minority groups, has extensive and profound meaning for establishing the foundation of long term development of the children, promoting equity at start point, and cutting off the intergenerational transmission of poverty.
From Nov. 2012 to Sept. 2017, CICC Charity Foundation has donated RMB 7 million to set up over 70 mountain kindergartens in Guzhang County, Hunan Province, and to provide an opportunity for nearly 6,000 preschool children aged 3-6 years. The rate of preschool children in Guzhang County has risen from 50% in 2012 to over 90% now. At the same time, the project of Village Early Education Center (VEEC) provides nearly 100 local employment opportunities every year in Guzhang County.