Promoting Family Education
Family education is related to individuals' interests, families' well-being and the overall capacity building of a country. A survey, recently conducted by Shanxi Women's Federation, indicated Shanxi Province (in North China) had nine million children aged under 18, including 670,000 migrant and leftbehind children (whose parents left their homes to work elsewhere). The survey also indicated many migrant workers tended to ignore family education.
The Regulations on the Promotion of Shanxi's Family Education took effect on September 1. On that day, women's federations, at all levels in Shanxi Province, conducted activities to publicize information about the regulations and to provide legal counseling to residents.
Shanxi and Taiyuan women's federations launched a promotional activity in Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi Province. The residents watched (on the boards displayed by the federations' workers) excellent pictures of and introductions to Shanxi's achievements in promoting family education. Legal counseling provided by lawyers, judges, scholars (who study laws and legal regulations), experts in family education and cadres with women's organizations and women's federations, at all levels in Shanxi Province, attracted many residents. The federations' workers distributed materials to publicize information about the regulations governing the promotion of family education. The regulations define the responsibilities and obligations of parents or guardians to educate their minor children. The regulations stipulate the people's governments, above the county level in Shanxi Province, should include the development plan of family education in the region's economic and social development plans. Also, the governments should establish a system to provide guidance and services related to family education.
The regulations outline the basic principles of family education, and identify the administrative organs and institutions that provide guidance and services related to family education. Many residents said the regulations helped them better understand the importance of family education.