Help mi­grants’ chil­dren en­joy hol­i­days

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - MANY CHIL­DREN OF MI­GRANT WORK­ERS in

Xi’an, North­west China’s Shaanxi prov­ince, have spent the sum­mer hol­i­day do­ing noth­ing but home­work and play­ing games on their phones while vis­it­ing their par­ents, ac­cord­ing to re­ports. Bei­jing Youth Daily com­mented on Tues­day:

The kids of mi­grant work­ers, who of­ten travel far to be with their par­ents for the two months of the sum­mer hol­i­day, of­ten end up spend­ing not much time with them, as their par­ents are busy work­ing. The vis­it­ing chil­dren there­fore have lit­tle op­tion but to do home­work and play games on their cell­phones, day in and day out.

Th­ese chil­dren are eas­ily ig­nored as their par­ents are strug­gling to make a liv­ing in cities. And their aware­ness of the wealth gap that ex­ists be­tween their fam­i­lies and those that live in the cities could make them feel un­com­fort­able.

Gain­ing equal ac­cess to house­hold regis­tra­tion ben­e­fits such as so­cial wel­fare, qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and de­cent pay is never easy for mi­grant work­ers. As a re­sult, their chil­dren also lack the means to en­joy mean­ing­ful sum­mer va­ca­tions,

whether it be sum­mer camps or cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties. Most of the time they sim­ply stay in­doors alone, while their par­ents toil to make ends meet.

Al­though many left-be­hind chil­dren and mi­grant work­ers have re­ceived ex­tra care and as­sis­tance over the past few years, the re­ports of unat­tended ru­ral young­sters dy­ing in ac­ci­dents and the “caged” kids dur­ing sum­mer va­ca­tion, high­light the fact that more needs to be done to ma­te­ri­al­ize gov­ern­ment as­sis­tance.

Pro­vid­ing more ac­tiv­i­ties such as com­mu­nity camps for the chil­dren of mi­grant work­ers dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­days, would be one way to sup­port them. Em­ploy­ers of mi­grant work­ers could also hire peo­ple to keep the kids com­pany and take care of them dur­ing work hours, or give some work­ers a day or two off for fam­ily re­unions.

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