Project Hope Competition of 21st Century Skills
With the fast urbanization, education problems related to the children of migrant workers, namely migrant children and left behind children, are becoming increasingly prominent. How to provide them with the same access to quality education and make up the education gap caused by community differences becomes an issue concerned by the education sector, charity organizations and the whole society.
Co-organized by CYDF and Dell, Powering the Possible is the very first 21st Century skills building program for children of migrant rural workers in China , Starting from 2009, the project funded targeted schools in over 20 provinces to equip their computer labs, and turned them into learning centers for migrant children or left-behind children. Several schools affected by the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake were also covered. The program provides training to the teachers who then deliver an ICT curriculum combined with other life skills learning to the students, so as to assist them to enhance their self-esteem, innovation, cooperation and social integration, etc.
So far over 100,000 beneficiaries have been reached by this program. Program Assessment by Research Center for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise of Beijing Normal University shows, the participating students have improved their ICT skills to a desired level; positive impact is shown on students' learning and living; it has helped the students enhance skills that are crucial for their survival in 21st Century, including self-confidence, the capacity to create and innovate, the skills of communication and collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, and ICT literacy.