Our Beneficiaries

Stepping Stones’ main beneficiaries are children and youth whose education has been
negatively impacted by rural – urban migration in China. They are mostly (1) migrant children and youth, and (2) left-behind children and youth.


(1) Migrant children and youth have moved with their parents to cities where they
do not have access to regular public schools due to residence issues, and are enrolled in
schools for the children of migrant workers, whose educational standards fall behind the
urban public schools. Others are enrolled in public schools, but need extra help with their
schoolwork, which their parents are often unable to provide.

(2) Left-behind children and youth are unable to go with their parents to the cities, and are left behind in rural boarding schools or living with other family members. The educational standards in rural schools lag significantly behind urban schools, and these “left-behind” children also lack parental support.

We work mostly in primary schools, but also have some middle-school students and a few university and vocational school students, and in 2019 began to teach children with special educational needs.

Stepping Stones also serves other beneficiaries such as the children of urban and rural low-income families, and English teachers from rural and migrant schools.

For more information about the impact of migration on education in China, please click here to view a touching documentary about the life of a migrant child in Shanghai.