Wen: Give 'left-behind' kids more love
Updated: 2007-05-29 05:59
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao looks through the exercise book of
a boy Yang Saike in a village of Xingping City, North China's Shaanxi
Province, May 26, 2007. [Xinhua]
BEIJING- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has extended greetings to the
"left-behind" children of rural migrant workers in cities ahead of the
Children's Day, which falls on June 1.
parents were working in the coastal province of Fujian, thousands of kilometers
away, was cared for by his grandparents. His parents fail to go home even once a
During a visit to northwest
China's Shaanxi Province, Wen visited the home of Yang Saike, a primary school
boy in a village of Xingping City.
The premier embraced Yang and looked through his exercise book,
which was full of notes, even on page margins, and praised his diligence.
Talking to other children, Wen expressed relief on learning their
schooling and care were guaranteed.
"You are so pretty," Wen said to Liu
Mengqi, a seven-year-old girl living with her grandmother. Liu's parents were
also working in the city.
"Have you been to school yet?" Wen asked two
"We are attending the pre-school class," said one.
"Mom and dad at home?" Wen asked. The children shook their heads.
"Children cannot see their parents very often, which is a new problem in
We should give them more care and love," said the premier
to accompanying officials.
With rapid economic development, more rural
young chose to work in cities and left their children with grandparents or
relatives back home, said Wen.
The premier urged local governments, the
Communist Party of China committees at all levels and rural grassroots
organizations to establish effective mechanisms for protecting and caring for
rural children at home and freeing their parents in cities from worries about
The number of "left-behind" rural children have reached
20 million in China and the number is still rising as their parents continue to
move into cities.
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