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The One Thing I Have to Share:Chuanfang Community Learning Centre ProgramZhixin DuProgramme Director, China Development ResearchFoundation (China)
CHUANFANGCOMMUNITY LEARNING CENTRE PROGRAM Du Zhixin, CDRF 22 May, Bintan
BACKGROUND AND SIGNIFICANCEChina’s accelerated pace of urbanization ，transformationfrom an agricultural society to a urban one ﹥ Urbanization rate from 17.9%(1978)to 51.3%(2011)Challenge of “incomplete urbanization” ﹥230million migrant workers(2010), another 200millionmigrant workers(2020); ﹥ migrant workers and their families, are frequentlyexcluded from city life and thus hardly get integrated intourban society.
BACKGROUND AND SIGNIFICANCEProfound social exclusion results in serioussocial consequences ﹥ undermine human capital accumulation; ﹥ accelerate social polarization and theemergence of urban slums; ﹥ trigger social conflicts, ultimately jeopardizingsocial stability and development.
PROGRAM OBJECTIVE The objective of program is to reduce the digital gap, to strengthen the employability of the migrant people, and promote social harmonious development.
PROGRAM ISSUESChuanfang Community in Xishan District ,the largesturban village in Kunming, Yunnan Province 1.8 square kilometers with 3836 local villagers, while its2556 rental houses accommodate more than 80 thousandmigrant people,30% of them is young people under 25years
PROGRAM ISSUES young migrant people can not find job due to the loweducation and lacking of necessary professional skills Increasing crime rate among young generation ofurban immigrations
PROGRAM CONTENTSJointly established by Microsoft China and CDRF, equippedwith training networks and computers , providing: computer skills( Typing software, Office, Photoshop CAD) the knowledge that is helpful for migrant workers to integrateinto the main stream of the society, such as law, labor protection,health care, communication, financial literacy ； the most advanced games for young children to feel the marvelousof computer technology.
PROGRAM STRUCTURE Microsoft Media CDRF Local Public Migrant YoungGovernment people Community
PROGRAM GOAL For 2 years ,1800 young migrant people will be trained, 6800 people will be benefited from the program
EFFECTIVENESSTrainees : acquired new knowledge and skills benefit for theirpresent job or looking for new jobs. gained respect from the trainers and volunteers, builtup self-esteem and self-confidence. more concerned and involved in the community affairs.
SOCIAL IMPACT Promoting employment by improving laborer’s vocational skills Promoting IT, reducing modern illiteracy Promoting Social Inclusion of Migrant Workers
CONCLUSIONS The project fits in with the current urbanization situation and trend of China’s development and is in line with the enterprise’s corporate social responsibility objectives. The project makes use of the computer technology advantage of Microsoft. The effectiveness and impact of training are evident. Free of Charge is important Operating fund is one key element to the sustainability of the program. The evaluation or monitoring at early stage of program is positive for the improvement of the project implementation.